Definition: Symbolism

From New World Encyclopedia


From symbol + -ism.


symbolism (countable and uncountable, plural symbolisms)

  1. Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities.
    The poem featured religious symbolism in almost every line.

Derived terms

  • phonetic symbolism
  • sound symbolism

Related terms

  • symbolic
  • symbolist
  • symbolize


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