- a writer who seeks to express or evoke emotions, ideas, etc., by stressing the symbolic value of language, to which is ascribed a capacity for communicating otherwise inexpressible visions of reality.
- (usually initial capital letter)a member of a group of chiefly French and Belgian poets of the latter part of the 19th century who sought to evoke aesthetic emotions by emphasizing the associative character of verbal, often private, images or by using synesthetic devices, as vowel sounds, presumably evocative of color.
- an artist who seeks to symbolize or suggest ideas or emotions by the objects represented, the colors used, etc.
- (usually initial capital letter)a member of a group of late 19th-century artists who rejected realism and sought to express subjective visions rather than objective reality through the use of evocative images.
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The only difference is that in the French of the Symbolist it precedes the noun.
It was dear to the Realist, and it is dear to the Symbolist.
Would a symbolist then signify a fabricator of masterpieces?Very Woman
Remy de Gourmont
Let us remember that Shakespeare was a humanist, not a symbolist.Henry VIII and His Court
To begin with, Keble was neither a mystic nor even a symbolist.Essays
Arthur Christopher Benson