Sym"bol*ism (?), n.

1.

The act of symbolizing, or the state of being symbolized; as, symbolism in Christian art is the representation of truth, virtues, vices, etc., by emblematic colors, signs, and forms.

2.

A system of symbols or representations.

3. Chem. (a)

The practice of using symbols, or the system of notation developed thereby.

(b)

A combining together of parts or ingredients.

[Obs.]

4. Theol.

The science of creeds; symbolics.

 

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