Meaning of SYMBOLISM in English

SYMBOLISM

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈsim-bə-ˌli-zəm ]

noun

Date: 1654

1. : the art or practice of using symbols especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning or by expressing the invisible or intangible by means of visible or sensuous representations: as

a. : artistic imitation or invention that is a method of revealing or suggesting immaterial, ideal, or otherwise intangible truth or states

b. : the use of conventional or traditional signs in the representation of divine beings and spirits

2. : a system of symbols or representations

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.