Examples from the Web for symbolism
The fact that he was celebrating another loss for the star-crossed city of Detroit only enhances the symbolism.
But what he did was reasonably brave and freighted with all the symbolism of which he was well aware.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The exhibition also provides useful insight into the importance of symbolism, particularly when it comes to religious painting.
The move gets an “A” for symbolism and a “D” for everything else.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable|Gordon G. Chang|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some critics complained that his symbolism was obscure and was lost on the audience.
Indeed the immense extent of symbolism in the Old Testament was the mine of the Fathers.Churches and Church Ornaments|William Durandus
Back of all the minute detail of wedding custom there is a symbolism.The Etiquette of To-day|Edith B. Ordway
We must go behind the legend, viewing it only as an allegory, and study its symbolism.The Symbolism of Freemasonry|Albert G. Mackey
Thus it came that, as we have said, the Comacine Masters were much given to symbolism.The Cathedral Builders|Leader Scott
In such passages we are still on the level of symbolism, and philosophy only begins when symbolism has been surpassed.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy|W. T. Stace
British Dictionary definitions for symbolism
Word Origin and History for symbolism
1650s, "practice of representing things with symbols," from symbol + -ism. Attested from 1892 as a movement in French literature that aimed at representing ideas and emotions by indirect suggestion rather than direct expression; rejecting realism and naturalism, it attached symbolic meaning to certain objects, words, etc. French symboliste was coined by poet Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) in 1885.