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symbolist (n.)

1580s, from symbol + -ist. From 1888 in reference to a literary movement that aimed at representing ideas and emotions by indirect suggestion rather than direct expression, from French symboliste, coined 1885 by poet Paul Verlaine (1844-1896). Rejecting realism and naturalism, they attached symbolic meaning to certain objects, words, etc.

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Definitions of symbolist from WordNet

symbolist (n.)
a member of an artistic movement that expressed ideas indirectly via symbols;
symbolist (n.)
someone skilled in the interpretation or representation of symbols;
Synonyms: symbolizer / symboliser
From wordnet.princeton.edu