Definitions for: Symbolic


[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"
[adj] relating to or using or proceeding by means of symbols; "symbolic logic"; "symbolic operations"; "symbolic thinking"
[adj] using symbolism; "symbolic art"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sym*bol"ic, n. [Cf. F. symbolique. See Symbolic,
a.] (Theol.)
See Symbolics.


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.
Taylor.

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
hieroglyphics.

Synonyms: emblematic, emblematical, representative, symbolical, symbolical

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