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onomasiology

[on-uh-mey-see-ol-uh-jee, -mey-zee-] /ˌɒn əˌmeɪ siˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˌmeɪ zi-/
noun
1.
the study of the means of expressing a given concept.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; < German Onomasiologie, equivalent to Greek ônomasí(a) name, expression (derivative of ónoma, ónyma name) + -o- -o- + -logie -logy
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onomasiologic
[on-uh-mey-see-uh-loj-ik, -mey-zee-] /ˌɒn əˌmeɪ si əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, -ˌmeɪ zi-/ (Show IPA),
onomasiological, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for onomasiology

onomasiology

/ˌɒnəʊˌmeɪsɪˈɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
another name for onomastics (sense 1)
2.
the branch of semantics concerned with the meanings of and meaning relations between individual words
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Contemporary definitions for onomasiology
noun

the study of names or naming; also, a branch of semantics concerned with related words and their meanings

Word Origin

Greek onoma 'name'

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