Sym"bol*ism (?), n.
The act of symbolizing, or the state of being symbolized; as, symbolism in Christian art is the representation of truth, virtues, vices, etc., by emblematic colors, signs, and forms.
A system of symbols or representations.
3. Chem. (a)
The practice of using symbols, or the system of notation developed thereby.
A combining together of parts or ingredients.
The science of creeds; symbolics.
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