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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
Translations of “symbolism”
in Chinese (Traditional) 象徵手法, (文學和藝術中的)象徵主義…
in Russian символизм…
in Turkish sembolizm, simgecilik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 象征手法, (文学和艺术中的)象征主义…
in Polish symbolizm…
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