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emblematic

or emblematical

[em-bluh-mat-ik or em-bluh-mat-i-kuh l] /ˌɛm bləˈmæt ɪk or ˌɛm bləˈmæt ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or serving as an emblem; symbolic.
Origin of emblematic
1635-1645
1635-45; < Greek emblēmat-, stem of émblēma (see emblem) + -ic
Related forms
emblematically, adverb
emblematicalness, noun
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Historical Examples
  • This I accepted as emblematical of the struggle for post and place in railway times.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • The "water" and the "blood" are emblematical of a double operation.

  • Their condition is emblematical of their sins while in life.

  • He is of opinion that ye picture of St. George was only emblematical.

    Myth-Land F. Edward Hulme
  • The needle was emblematical of the sword or the dagger; the letter 'M' stands for mort.

    Marguerite de Valois Alexandre Dumas
  • "No, sir," said the stranger, as he felt the emblematical skin curiously.

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
  • In its character the monument is not less unique than emblematical.

    Nature and Culture Harvey Rice
  • To have been emblematical, the gall should have been presented to the bride.

    Woman: Man's Equal Thomas Webster
  • The lion, emblematical of Omnipotence, is also the apt allegory of the Resurrection.

    The Cathedral Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • He vaguely felt that it was portentous and emblematical, for that evening the brightness of the West seemed to beckon him.

    Delilah of the Snows Harold Bindloss
Word Origin and History for emblematical

emblematic

adj.

1640s, perhaps via French emblématique, from Greek emblematikos, from emblema (see emblem).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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