|1.||the representation of something in symbolic form or the attribution of symbolic meaning or character to something|
|2.||a system of symbols or symbolic representation|
|3.||a symbolic significance or quality|
|4.||(often capital) See also synthetism a late 19th-century movement in art that sought to express mystical or abstract ideas through the symbolic use of images|
|5.||theol any symbolist interpretation of the Eucharist|
symbolism sym·bol·ism (sĭm'bə-lĭz'əm)
A mental state in which everything that happens is regarded by the individual as symbolic of his or her own thoughts.
The disguised representation in conscious thought of unconscious or repressed contents or events.