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Meaning of SYMBOLIC

Pronunciation:  sim'bâlik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  serving as a visible symbol for something abstract; "a crown is emblematic of royalty"; "the spinning wheel was as symbolic of colonical Massachusetts as the codfish"
  2. [adj]  relating to or using or proceeding by means of symbols; "symbolic logic"; "symbolic operations"; "symbolic thinking"
  3. [adj]  using symbolism; "symbolic art"

SYMBOLIC is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: emblematic, emblematical, representative, symbolical, symbolical



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sym*bol"ic\, n. [Cf. F. symbolique. See {Symbolic},
    a.] (Theol.)
    See {Symbolics}.
  2. \Sym*bol"ic\, Symbolical \Sym*bol"ic*al\, a. [L.
    symbolicus, Gr. symboliko`s: cf. F. symbolique.]
    Of or pertaining to a symbol or symbols; of the nature of a
    symbol; exhibiting or expressing by resemblance or signs;
    representative; as, the figure of an eye is symbolic of sight
    and knowledge. -- {Sym*bol"ic*al*ly}, adv. --
    {Sym*bol"ic*al*ness}, n.
          The sacrament is a representation of Christ's death by
          such symbolical actions as he himself appointed. --Jer.
    {Symbolical delivery} (Law), the delivery of property sold by
       delivering something else as a symbol, token, or
       representative of it. --Bouvier. Chitty.
    {Symbolical philosophy}, the philosophy expressed by