exophora

[ek-sof-er-uh]

noun Grammar.

the use of a word or phrase to refer to something in the extralinguistic environment, as that in Look at that, said by someone pointing to a sunset.

Compare endophora.

Origin of exophora

Related formsex·o·phor·ic [ek-suh-fawr-ik, -for-] /ˌɛk səˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exophoric

exophoric

adjective

grammar denoting or relating to a pronoun such as "I" or "you", the meaning of which is determined by reference outside the discourse rather than by a preceding or following expressionCompare anaphora

Word Origin for exophoric

from exo- + Greek pherein to carry
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