V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: the use of signs or symbols to form representations of other things

Synonyms: signage, representation, allegory


Tips: Symbolism uses abstract signs to represent concrete ideas. Symbolism is often used by artists who want to convey some message through their art.

Usage Examples:

She uses a lot of symbolism in her work, so don't take anything she writes too literally. (allegory, representation)

Artists in countries where people are persecuted by their government use symbolism to convey their frustrations and political opinions. (abstract signs)

Religious symbolism is very common in art work from this period. (signage)

Last semester, I took a fascinating class on Greek mythology and symbolism. (use of abstract concepts)

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