Etymology
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symbolic (adj.)

1650s, from symbol + -ic, or from Greek symbolikos. Related: Symbolical (c. 1600); symbolically.

updated on January 07, 2014

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Definitions of symbolic from WordNet

symbolic (adj.)
relating to or using or proceeding by means of symbols;
symbolic thinking
symbolic logic
symbolic operations
Synonyms: symbolical
symbolic (adj.)
serving as a visible symbol for something abstract;
the spinning wheel was as symbolic of colonical Massachusetts as the codfish
Synonyms: emblematic / emblematical / symbolical
symbolic (adj.)
using symbolism;
symbolic art
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