- the study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior; the analysis of systems of communication, as language, gestures, or clothing.
- a general theory of signs and symbolism, usually divided into the branches of pragmatics, semantics, and syntactics.
Origin of semiotics
- of or relating to signs.
- of or relating to semiotics.
- Medicine/Medical. of or relating to symptoms; symptomatic.
Origin of semiotic
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His semiotics is the result of the fundamental pragmatic philosophy he developed.
To people attuned to semiotics, the ad was a powerful visual device.
- relating to signs and symbols, esp spoken or written signs
- relating to semiotics
- of, relating to, or resembling the symptoms of disease; symptomatic
Word Origin for semiotic
1620s, "of symptoms, relating to signs of diseases," from Greek semeiotikos "significant," also "observant of signs," adjective form of semeiosis "indication," from semeioun "to signal, to interpret a sign," from semeion "a sign, mark, token," from sema "sign" (see semantic). Its use in psychology dates to 1923. Related: Semiotical (1580s).