Meaning of “symbolism” in the English Dictionary

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"symbolism" in British English

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symbolismnoun [ U ]

us uk /ˈsɪm.bəl.ɪ.zəm/

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

(Definition of “symbolism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"symbolism" in American English

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symbolismnoun [ U ]

us /ˈsɪm·bəˌlɪz·əm/

the use of symbols to represent ideas, or the meaning of something as a symbol:

poetic symbolism

(Definition of “symbolism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)