deixis

[ dahyk-sis ]
/ ˈdaɪk sɪs /

noun Grammar.

the operation or function of deictic elements.

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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