deixis

[ dahyk-sis ]
/ ˈdaɪk sɪs /

noun Grammar.

the operation or function of deictic elements.

Nearby words

  1. deisolate,
  2. deist,
  3. deists,
  4. deiters' cell,
  5. deity,
  6. deja vu,
  7. deject,
  8. dejecta,
  9. dejected,
  10. dejectedly

Origin of deixis

1945–50; < Greek deîxis literally, proof, display, equivalent to deik(nýnai) to show, prove, point + -sis -sis

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British Dictionary definitions for deixis

deixis

/ (ˈdaɪksɪs) /

noun

grammar the use or reference of a deictic word

Word Origin for deixis

C20: from Greek, from deiknunai to show

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Word Origin and History for deixis

deixis

n.

1949, from Greek deixis "reference." Related: Deictic.

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