symbolist

[sim-buh-list]
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noun

adjective

of or relating to symbolists or symbolism.

Origin of symbolist

First recorded in 1575–85; symbol + -ist
Related formssym·bol·is·tic, adjectivesym·bol·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for symbolist

Historical Examples of symbolist

  • The only difference is that in the French of the Symbolist it precedes the noun.

    The Children

    Alice Meynell

  • It was dear to the Realist, and it is dear to the Symbolist.

    The Children

    Alice Meynell

  • 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.

  • To begin with, Keble was neither a mystic nor even a symbolist.

    Essays

    Arthur Christopher Benson


British Dictionary definitions for symbolist

symbolist

noun

a person who uses or can interpret symbols, esp as a means to revealing aspects of truth and reality
an artist or writer who practises symbolism in his work
(usually capital) a writer associated with the symbolist movement
(often capital) an artist associated with the movement of symbolism
Christian theol a person who rejects any interpretation of the Eucharist that suggests that Christ is really present in it, and who maintains that the bread and wine are only symbols of his body and blood

adjective

of, relating to, or characterizing symbolism or symbolists
Derived Formssymbolistic, adjectivesymbolistically, adverb
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