semasiology

[ si-mey-see-ol-uh-jee, -zee- ]
/ sɪˌmeɪ siˈɒl ə dʒi, -zi- /

noun

semantics, especially the study of semantic change.

Origin of semasiology

1875–80; < Greek sēmasí(a) signal, mark, meaning + -o- + -logy

Related forms

se·ma·si·o·log·i·cal [si-mey-see-uh-loj-i-kuh l, -zee-] /sɪˌmeɪ si əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, -zi-/, adjectivese·ma·si·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbse·ma·si·ol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for semasiology

semasiology

/ (sɪˌmeɪsɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

another name for semantics

Derived Forms

semasiological (sɪˌmeɪsɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivesemasiologically, adverbsemasiologist, noun

Word Origin for semasiology

C19: from Greek sēmasia meaning, from sēmainein to signify + -logy
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