emblematic

Something emblematic is symbolic. Empty buildings are emblematic of a city in decline, and a crown is emblematic of royalty.

If you know that an emblem is a visual symbol, then you won't be surprised that emblematic things stand for other things. In fact, the word emblem comes from the French word for symbol. Something emblematic represents a larger issue, good or bad. Sometimes emblematic is used for things that are excellent examples. An A student is an emblematic student, and a war hero is an emblematic soldier. Emblematic people are symbols of what others aspire to be.

Definitions of emblematic
  1. adjective
    serving as a visible symbol for something abstract
    “a crown is emblematic of royalty”
    synonyms: emblematical, symbolic, symbolical
    representative
    standing for something else
  2. adjective
    being or serving as an illustration of a type
    “the free discussion that is emblematic of democracy”
    synonyms: exemplary, typic
    typical
    exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category
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