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emblematic

or em·blem·at·i·cal

[em-bluh-mat-ik or em-bluh-mat-i-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or serving as an emblem; symbolic.
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Origin of emblematic

1635–45; < Greek emblēmat-, stem of émblēma (see emblem) + -ic
Related formsem·blem·at·i·cal·ly, adverbem·blem·at·i·cal·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for emblematical

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


Word Origin and History for emblematical

emblematic

adj.

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

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