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deixis

[dahyk-sis] /ˈdaɪk sɪs/
noun, Grammar
1.
the operation or function of deictic elements.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; < Greek deîxis literally, proof, display, equivalent to deik(nýnai) to show, prove, point + -sis -sis
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deixis

/ˈdaɪksɪs/
noun
1.
(grammar) the use or reference of a deictic word
Word Origin
C20: from Greek, from deiknunai to show
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Word Origin and History for deixis
n.

1949, from Greek deixis "reference." Related: Deictic.

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