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Image, figure or object that represents an abstract, moral or intellectual concept.
The symbol has to be distinguished from the sign. A symbol implies more than its immediate meaning. Sometimes even the concept represented can be different depending who is considering it. A flag is a clear example of a symbol. As a sign a flag can point to its particular nation or state. As a symbol it represents an ensemble of people and institutions, emotions and non rational feeling in some ambiguous way.
The study of symbols is called symbology.
[Duersteler, 2003]

External Links[edit]

  • Online Encyclopedia of Western Signs and Ideograms


[Duersteler, 2003] J. C. Duersteler. Glossary. Retrieved: 2003.