3. metaphor, figure of speech, Rhet. trope; simile, similitude, correlation, likeness; imagery, personification, figurativeness, metonymy; allegory, allegoriza-tion, apologue, anagoge, parable, fable,
symbolic, adj. 1. representative, characteristic, typical, indicative, illustrative, token, emblematic; distinguishing, differentiative, distinctive, discriminative, diacritical.
2. metaphorical, figurative, allegorical; suggestive, indicative, indicant, denotative, allusive.
3. cabalistic, mystical, occult; esoteric, hermetic, supernatural, transcendental; mysterious, secret, arcane, mystic.
symbolize, v. represent, signify, token, stand for, exemplify, serve as an example of, be a sample or specimen of; illustrate, epitomize, embody, personify, typify; correspond to, be the equivalent of, mirror, be the counterpart of, be analogous to; indicate, show, point to, add up to; mean, denote, purport, import, connote, convey; imply, suggest, bring to mind,
symmetrical, adj. well-proportioned, proportional, balanced, well-balanced, eurhythmic; isomerous, isometric, Biol, actinomorphic, isogonal; harmonious, concinnous, congruous, consonant, concordant, congruent, consistent; parallel, corresponding, even, equal, commensurate, coextensive; regular, uniform, orderly, well-ordered, well-arranged, tidy; euphonious, cadenced, rhythmic, patterned; graceful, well-formed, well-made, shapely, classic, Praxitelean, acropolitan.
symmetry, n. 1. regularity, uniformity, evenness, sameness, similarity, parallelism; consonance, congruence, consistency, correspondence, conformity, agreement.
2. harmony, concinnity, balance, poise, proportion, eurhythmy, congruity, appropriateness, fitness; orderliness, order, tidiness; euphony, grace, gracefulness, elegance, cadence, rhythm; beauty, comeliness, pleasingness, agreeableness, attractiveness,
sympathetic, adj. 1. compassionate, commiserative, pitying, ruthful, concerned, caring, solicitous; sorrowful, tearful, heartbroken, grief-stricken, moved, touched; comforting, supportive, consoling; affectionate, loving, fond, with a heart as big as all outdoors, generous, big-hearted; humane, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, good-natured, warm-hearted, warm, charitable; gentle, tender, good, considerate, thoughtful, patient; understanding, empathetic, interested.
2. congenial, simpatico, in rapport with, Fr. en rapport, compatible, easy to get along with, agreeable, pleasant; close, intimate, friendly, neighborly, brotherly, sisterly.
3. approving, supporting, backing, on the side of, pro; favorable, appreciative, commendatory, approbatory, laudatory, admiring.
sympathize, v. 1. get along, hit it off, complement each other, harmonize; go hand in hand, have rapport, understand each other, relate, be close to; see eye to eye, Inf. be on the same wavelength, agree, accord, correspond, correlate.
2. pity, feel sorry for, feel for; have one's heart go out to, have one's heart bleed for, cry for, weep for, mourn with, grieve with, be moved or touched; commiserate, console, comfort, solace; ease, assuage, lend a shoulder, be a shoulder.
3. approve, like, admire, value, esteem, favor; back, encourage, side with, second; applaud, commend, praise; nod assent, endorse, Inf. O.K., Inf. give the
O.K. or go-ahead, signal thumbs-up.
sympathizer, n. 1. commiserator, comforter, con-doler, soother, shoulder, wailing wall; friend in need, helping hand, good Samaritan, real or true friend.
2. well-wisher, partisan, advocate, backer, second, booster; fan, adherent, disciple; collaborator, cooper-ationist, ally.