sym·bol·ism /ˈsɪmbəˌlɪzəm/ 名詞
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.
n 1: a system of symbols and symbolic representations
2: the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning [syn:
3: an artistic movement in the late 19th century that tried to
express abstract or mystical ideas through the symbolic
use of images