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or em·blem·at·i·cal

[em-bluh-mat-ik or em-bluh-mat-i-kuh l]
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  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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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.


    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



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

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