AskDefine | Define symbolist

Dictionary Definition



1 a member of an artistic movement that expressed ideas indirectly via symbols
2 someone skilled in the interpretation or representation of symbols [syn: symbolizer, symboliser]

Extensive Definition

Symbolism and symbolist have several meanings:
  • Symbolism is the use of multiple symbols representing differentiated terms in a system which conveys meaning.
  • Symbolism (arts) was a 19th-century artistic movement rejecting realism.
    • Symbolist poetry was a movement in poetry that emphasized disconnected descriptions of thoughts and feelings.
  • In Christianity, Symbolists believe that the bread and wine used in the Eucharist are symbols, and not literally the flesh and blood of Christ; see Transubstantiation.
  • Symbolic (album)'' is a death metal album by Death.
symbolist in Danish: Symbolisme
symbolist in German: Symbolismus
symbolist in French: Symbolisme
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