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onomasiology

[ on-uh-mey-see-ol-uh-jee, -mey-zee- ]
/ ˌɒn əˌmeɪ siˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˌmeɪ zi- /
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noun
the study of the means of expressing a given concept.
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Origin of onomasiology

1930–35; <German Onomasiologie, equivalent to Greek ônomasí(a) name, expression (derivative of ónoma, ónyma name) + -o--o- + -logie-logy

OTHER WORDS FROM onomasiology

on·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 onomasiology

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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