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ideography

[ id-ee-og-ruh-fee, ahy-dee- ]
/ ˌɪd iˈɒg rə fi, ˌaɪ di- /
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noun

the use of ideograms.

RELATED WORDS

script, cuneiform, hieroglyphics, runes, symbology

Nearby words

identity theory, ideo-, ideogram, ideograph, ideographic, ideography, ideokinetic apraxia, ideological, ideologist, ideologize, ideologue

Origin of ideography

First recorded in 1830–40; ideo- + -graphy
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Examples from the Web for ideography

  • Ideography, ī-de-og′ra-fi, n. the representation of things by pictures, and not by sound-symbols or letters.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)|Various
  • Here also the Chinese ideography has its advantage, in even a simple line, for example, "The sun rises in the east."

    Instigations|Ezra Pound

British Dictionary definitions for ideography

ideography

/ (ˌɪdɪˈɒɡrəfɪ) /

noun

the use of ideograms to communicate ideas
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