[sim-buh-luh-zey-shuh n]


the act or process of symbolizing.
Psychoanalysis. an unconscious mental process whereby one object or idea comes to stand for another through some part, quality, or aspect that the two share in common, with the symbol carrying the emotional feelings vested in the initial object or idea.

Origin of symbolization

First recorded in 1595–1605; symbolize + -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for symbolization

Historical Examples of symbolization

  • According to the early Christian symbolization, the ship denoted the Church.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare

  • The resurrection of itself is an event of such a peculiar nature as to forbid its symbolization.

  • Symbolization of the offering of self is made by a silver string as long as the giver is tall.

  • The simplification of life is attained in dreams through three processes, visualization, condensation and symbolization.


    Andr Tridon

  • Symbolization is a reduction of an object to one essential detail which has struck us as more important than the others.


    Andr Tridon

symbolization in Medicine




An unconscious mental mechanism whereby one object or idea is represented by another and is not consciously recognized as such.
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