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[ id-ee-uh-graf, ahy-dee- ]


  1. Rhetoric. an ordinary language term that, within a particular ideology, has developed a loose, flexible, nonspecific use that stands for values and ideas present within that ideology, rather than having a specific, concrete meaning:

    In the training materials, <leadership> is used as an ideograph to reinforce the military hierarchy.

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Other Words From

  • id·e·o·graph·ic [id-ee-, uh, -, graf, -ik, ahy-dee-], id·e·o·graph·i·cal adjective
  • id·e·o·graph·i·cal·ly adverb
  • un·id·e·o·graph·ic adjective
  • un·id·e·o·graph·i·cal adjective
  • un·id·e·o·graph·i·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ideograph1

First recorded in 1825–35; ideo- + -graph

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Example Sentences

For example, the ideograph meaning "to speak" is a mouth with two words and a flame coming out of it.

Thus a chessboard was an ideograph, and stood for a gift, and sometimes a building.

The parcel-post, an hour later, brought him his own ideograph, returned without a word.

The same ideograph Im that signifies Ramman also means distress.

Some Japanese newspapers have undertaken to limit themselves in the use of the ideograph.


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