Definitions for: Symbolism

[n] the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning
[n] a system of symbols and symbolic representations

Webster (1913) Definition: Sym"bol*ism, n.
1. The act of symbolizing, or the state of being symbolized;
as, symbolism in Christian art is the representation of
truth, virtues, vices, etc., by emblematic colors, signs,
and forms.

2. A system of symbols or representations.

3. (Chem.)
(a) The practice of using symbols, or the system of
notation developed thereby.
(b) A combining together of parts or ingredients. [Obs.]

4. (Theol.) The science of creeds; symbolics.

Synonyms: symbolisation, symbolization

See Also: pattern, practice, symbol

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