Symbolic vs Semiotic - What's the difference?

symbolic | semiotic |

As adjectives the difference between symbolic and semiotic

is that symbolic is pertaining to a symbol while semiotic is of or relating to semiotics or to semantics.




(en adjective)
  • Pertaining to a symbol.
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  • , volume=189, issue=3, page=21, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Our banks are out of control , passage=Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. When a series of bank failures made this impossible, there was widespread anger, leading to the public humiliation of symbolic figures.}}
  • Referring to something with an implicit meaning.
  • Derived terms

    * symbolical * symbolically * symbolics



    Alternative forms

    * semeiotic


  • Of or relating to semiotics or to semantics.
  • (medicine, dated) Of or relating to the signs or symptoms of diseases.
  • (Webster 1913)