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Emblematize

[em-BLEM-ə-tiyz]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Greek, 17th century

1.

Serve as a symbolic representation of (a quality or concept)

Examples of Emblematize in a sentence

"The spectacle of the Super Bowl emblematizes the intensity of America’s love of football."

"Singer Lizzo emblematizes a new generation of women who love their bodies in all sizes."

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About Emblematize

“Emblematize” was coined as a verb after the word “emblematist,” a 17th-century term for a person who drew or painted emblems.

Did you Know?

“Emblem” itself comes from the Latin “emblema,” referring to an inlaid work or a raised ornament used to represent a grander idea than could be shown pictorially. For example, the national flag of France is an emblem that could represent the country and its people in a variety of contexts. Likewise, religious emblems represent complex beliefs, traditions, and histories. To “emblematize” means to stand for something in the way an emblem stands for an abstract idea.

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