emblematic

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EtymologyEdit

From French emblématique. See emblem.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌɛmbləˈmatɪk/
  • enPR: ĕmb-lə-mă-tĭk
  • Hyphenation: em‧blem‧at‧ic

AdjectiveEdit

emblematic (comparative more emblematic, superlative most emblematic)

  1. Serving as, or relating to a symbol, emblem or illustration of a type.
    Synonyms: symbolic, illustrative
  2. (figurative) Typical.
    Synonyms: representative, exemplary, characteristic
    • 2015 June 9, “Women’s World Cup 2015: England beaten by France in Group F opener”, in The Guardian (London)[1]:
      With Le Sommer withdrawn, France – now with five in midfield – seemed content to hold on for a deceptively narrow win. Such containment tactics can prove high risk but the only threat England could muster was a shot from Aluko which flew high and wide. It seemed entirely emblematic of their afternoon.
    • 2019 March 13, Oliver Norgrove, “Hypnotised by cake and unicorns, the Brexit perfectionists have blown it”, in The Guardian[2]:
      The result of yesterday’s meaningful vote in the House of Commons, much like the first in January, was emblematic of a very striking Brexit reality: that the principle barrier to leaving the EU comes from the very people most desperate to see it happen.

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