- 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.
Examples from the Web for symbolistic
The volumes which follow are in vers libres, and they are, to a certain extent, symbolistic.Contemporary Belgian Poetry|Various
Seor Puchol was a literary man and was writing a symbolistic drama which he wanted to read to Csar.Csar or Nothing|Po Baroja Baroja
The new movement has been called "neo-romantic" and "symbolistic."Five Plays|Edward John Dunsany
But as the children grow more penetrating, the fable is the best possible form of symbolistic literature to set them at first.Literature in the Elementary School|Porter Lander MacClintock
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