Symbolic definition

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Of or expressed in a symbol or symbols.
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Characterized by symbolism.
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That serves as a symbol (of something)
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The definition of symbolic is serving as a representation or is something that has a greater meaning because of what it represents.

Smiling is an example of a symbolic gesture of welcome.

Writing a letter to someone you have been fueding with for years is an example of a symbolic gesture that can signify forgiveness.

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Pertaining to a symbol.
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Referring to something with an implicit meaning.
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Of, relating to, or expressed by means of symbols or a symbol.

The symbolic meaning of the poem.

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Using symbolism.

Symbolic art.

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Serving as a symbol.

Roses are symbolic of love.

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Serving as a particular instance of a broader pattern or situation; representative.

The new building is symbolic of the recent changes that have taken place in the neighborhood.

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Origin of symbolic

  • From French symbolique or directly from Latin symbolicus, from Ancient Greek συμβολικός (symbolikos, “of or belonging to a symbol")

    From Wiktionary