[ dahyk-tik ]
/ ˈdaɪk tɪk /


Logic. proving directly.
Grammar. specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of one or more of the participants in an act of speech or writing, in the context of either an external situation or the surrounding discourse, as we, you, here, there, now, then, this, that, the former, or the latter.


Grammar. a deictic element.

Nearby words

  1. dei gratia,
  2. deianira,
  3. deice,
  4. deicer,
  5. deicide,
  6. deid,
  7. deif,
  8. deific,
  9. deification,
  10. deiform

Origin of deictic

1820–30; < Greek deiktikós demonstrative, equivalent to deikt(ós) able to be proved, verbal adjective of deiknýnai to show, prove, point + -ikos -ic

Related formsdeic·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for deictic


/ (ˈdaɪktɪk) /


logic proving by direct argumentCompare elenctic


another word for indexical (def. 2)
Derived Formsdeictically, adverb

Word Origin for deictic

C17: from Greek deiktikos concerning proof, from deiknunai to show

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Word Origin and History for deictic



1828, from Latinized form of Greek deiktikos "able to show," from deiktos "shown," verbal adjective from deiknynai "to show" (see diction).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper