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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for symbolistic

Historical Examples of symbolistic

  • The new movement has been called "neo-romantic" and "symbolistic."

    Five Plays

    Edward John Dunsany

  • They are the numerous progeny of the elder Romantic, Realistic, and Symbolistic schools, long dead and gathered to their fathers.


    James Huneker

  • No native ball would be complete without the symbolistic dance which so epitomizes Filipino character.

  • The general broadening of literary variety has, of course, given us in recent times many valuable stories of the symbolistic kind.

    Children's Literature

    Charles Madison Curry

  • One play from his (Strindberg's) third, or symbolistic period stands almost alone.

British Dictionary definitions for symbolistic



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


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