symbolism: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sim'bu-liz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character.
  2. a set or system of symbols.
  3. symbolic meaning or character.
  4. the principles and practice of symbolists in art or literature.
  5. (cap.) a movement of the late 19th century in French art and literature. Cf.(defs. 3b, 4b).
  6. the use of any of certain special figures or marks of identification to signify a religious message or divine being, as the cross for Christ and the Christian faith.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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