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(Em*bla"zon) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Emblazoned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Emblazoning.] [Pref. em- + blazon. Cf. Emblaze.]

1. To depict or represent; — said of heraldic bearings. See Blazon.

2. To deck in glaring colors; to set off conspicuously; to display pompously; to decorate.

The walls were . . . emblazoned with legends in commemoration of the illustrious pair.

(Em*bla"zon*er) n. One who emblazons; also, one who publishes and displays anything with pomp.

(Em*bla"zon*ing), n. The act or art of heraldic decoration; delineation of armorial bearings.

(Em*bla"zon*ment) n. An emblazoning.

(Em*bla"zon*ry) n.; pl. Emblazonries The act or art of an emblazoner; heraldic or ornamental decoration, as pictures or figures on shields, standards, etc.; emblazonment.

Thine ancient standard's rich emblazonry.

(Em"blem) n. [F. emblème, L. emblema, -atis, that which is put in or on, inlaid work, fr. Gr. a thing put in or on, fr. to throw, lay, put in; in + to throw. See In, and Parable.]

1. Inlay; inlaid or mosaic work; something ornamental inserted in a surface. [Obs.] Milton.

2. A visible sign of an idea; an object, or the figure of an object, symbolizing and suggesting another object, or an idea, by natural aptness or by association; a figurative representation; a typical designation; a symbol; as, a balance is an emblem of justice; a scepter, the emblem of sovereignty or power; a circle, the emblem of eternity. "His cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek." Shak.

3. A picture accompanied with a motto, a set of verse, or the like, intended as a moral lesson or meditation.

Writers and artists of the 17th century gave much attention and study to the composition of such emblems, and many collections of them were published.

Syn. — Sign; symbol; type; device; signal; token. — Sign, Emblem, Symbol, Type. Sign is the generic word comprehending all significant representations. An emblem is a visible object representing another by a natural suggestion of characteristic qualities, or an habitual and recognized association; as, a circle, having no apparent beginning or end, is an emblem of eternity; a particular flag is the emblem of the country or ship which has adopted it for a sign and with which it is habitually associated. Between emblem and symbol the distinction is slight, and often one may be substituted for the other without impropriety. See Symbol. Thus, a circle is either an emblem or a symbol of eternity; a scepter, either an emblem or a symbol of authority; a lamb, either an emblem or a symbol of meekness. "An emblem is always of something simple; a symbol may be of something complex, as of a transaction . . . In consequence we do not speak of actions emblematic." C. J. Smith. A type is a representative example, or model, exhibiting the qualities common to all individuals of the class to which it belongs; as, the Monitor is a type of a class of war vessels.

(Em"blem) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Emblemed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Embleming.] To represent by an emblem; to symbolize. [R.]

Emblemed by the cozening fig tree.

(Em`blem*at"ic Em`blem*at"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. emblématique.] Pertaining to, containing, or consisting in, an emblem; symbolic; typically representative; representing as an emblem; as, emblematic

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