• WordNet 3.6
    • n symbolist a member of an artistic movement that expressed ideas indirectly via symbols
    • n symbolist someone skilled in the interpretation or representation of symbols
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Symbolist One who employs symbols.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n symbolist One who employs symbols; one who practises symbolism.
    • n symbolist Specifically One of a group of French poets of which Verlaine was the most conspieuous member. The writers of this school undertook to express poetic sentiments indirectly by far-fetched metaphors, or even by the sound of words, and of letters, quite independently of their received signification. For instance, they asserted the suggestivcness of vowel-sounds as regards color, o suggesting red, according to some, while according to others it suggests blue. They also assumed a pre-established harmony between vowel-sounds and abstract ideas and between vowel-sounds and musical instrumeuts, and dwelt much on the hidden influencc which should exhale through “the inclosing envelope of the spoken word.” See decadent. B. W. Wells, Modern French Lit., pp. 350–351.
    • symbolist Of or pertaining to the Symbolists; characterized by symbolism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Symbolist one who uses symbols
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. symbolon, from symballeinsyn, together, ballein, to throw.


In literature:

And the loss was for him symbolistic.
"Aaron's Rod" by D. H. Lawrence
Senor Puchol was a literary man and was writing a symbolistic drama which he wanted to read to Caesar.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
It is rather like the literary doctrine of the Symbolists.
"The Defendant" by G.K. Chesterton
But it is not so with the erotic symbolist.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
With all his realism, he was a symbolist, a master of decoration.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
He called to mind the meanings ascribed to bells by the early symbolists.
"The Cathedral" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
The second, best seen in the French Symbolists, was directly hostile to science.
"Recent Developments in European Thought" by Various
It was a purely symbolistic act.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
The mediaeval carver was no mystic symbolist.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
He is at the opposite pole from the symbolist; but true poetry demands much more distinction of style and nobility of thought.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall

In poetry:

Lowers Scylla--frowns Charybdis--and the bark is like to sink--
This the symbolistic moral of my rhyme--
If Opinion trims your sails and if you care what people think
You will have a most unhappy sort of time.
"Heads And Tails" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

You can draw other lines that go back to German expressionism, or glam, or symbolist occultism.
It is the tug of war between the symbolist and the siren that makes Joni Mitchell's albums alternately alluring and forbidding.
The Kiss' logo celebrates Symbolist painter's gilded sexuality.
Quintessentially American, Hopper 's work has always defied any other classification—it has been labeled Romantic, Realist, Symbolist, Surrealist, even a precursor of Pop.