noun (used with a singular verb)
- the study of meaning.
- the study of linguistic development by classifying and examining changes in meaning and form.
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OTHER WORDS FROM semanticsse·man·ti·cist [si-man-tuh-sist], /sɪˈmæn tə sɪst/, se·man·ti·cian [see-man-tish-uhn], /ˌsi mænˈtɪʃ ən/, noun
Words nearby semantics
Example sentences from the Web for semantics
How important are the semantics when it comes to talking about Hitler?Ron Rosenbaum on Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil|William O’Connor|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To those who see all sex work falling under the same illicit umbrella, this is mere semantics.Sex, Power, and Desire: The Life of America’s Next Top Escort|Scott Bixby|March 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her disassociation with the feminist label and its negative connotations just boils down to semantics.Susan Sarandon Says She’s Not a Feminist: Why She Dumped the Label|Lizzie Crocker|July 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the wiser voices in the movement know that, now, they face much graver problems than semantics.
Washington has a serious tendency to exalt semantics over common sense.Egypt’s Declaration of Independence: Not So Different From Ours|Christopher Dickey|July 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"Remember semantics," I murmured to him, as I pulled out Sara's chair for her.
He could express it in the semantics of spiritism, or he could admit to witchcraft and sorcery.
There was already the psychology of Freud and his successors, of course, which gave the first real notion of human semantics.The Sensitive Man|Poul William Anderson
We were walking over toward the elevator during this conversation and as far as blowing up, this is semantics.
He prefers to call himself a Marxist, but there you get into the field of semantics.
British Dictionary definitions for semantics
noun (functioning as singular)
- the study of interpretations of a formal theory
- the study of the relationship between the structure of a theory and its subject matter
- (of a formal theory) the principles that determine the truth or falsehood of sentences within the theory, and the references of its terms
Derived forms of semanticssemanticist, noun
Medical definitions for semantics
Cultural definitions for semantics
The scientific or philosophical study of the relations of words and their meanings.