Meaning of SEMANTICS in English

SEMANTICS

n.

Pronunciation: si- ' man-tiks

Function: noun plural but singular or plural in construction

Date: 1893

1 : the study of meanings: a : the historical and psychological study and the classification of changes in the signification of words or forms viewed as factors in linguistic development b (1) : SEMIOTIC (2) : a branch of semiotic dealing with the relations between signs and what they refer to and including theories of denotation, extension, naming, and truth

2 : GENERAL SEMANTICS

3 a : the meaning or relationship of meanings of a sign or set of signs especially : connotative meaning b : the language used (as in advertising or political propaganda) to achieve a desired effect on an audience especially through the use of words with novel or dual meanings

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