onomasiology

[ on-uh-mey-see-ol-uh-jee, -mey-zee- ]
/ ˌɒn əˌmeɪ siˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˌmeɪ zi- /

noun

the study of the means of expressing a given concept.

Origin of onomasiology

1930–35; < German Onomasiologie, equivalent to Greek ônomasí(a) name, expression (derivative of ónoma, ónyma name) + -o- -o- + -logie -logy
Related formson·o·ma·si·o·log·ic [on-uh-mey-see-uh-loj-ik, -mey-zee-] /ˌɒn əˌmeɪ si əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, -ˌmeɪ zi-/, on·o·ma·si·o·log·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for onomasiological

onomasiology

/ (ˌɒnəʊˌmeɪsɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

another name for onomastics (def. 1)
the branch of semantics concerned with the meanings of and meaning relations between individual words

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