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symbolism

noun [U] uk   /ˈsɪm.bəl.ɪ.zəm/ us  
the use of symbols in art, literature, films, etc. to represent ideas: Religious symbolism is very characteristic of the paintings of this period. specialized art, literature a type of art and literature developed in the late 19th century that tries to express ideas or states of mind rather than represent the real world, using the power of words and images
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