onomasiology

onomasiology

[on-uh-mey-see-ol-uh-jee, -mey-zee-]
noun
the study of the means of expressing a given concept.

Origin:
1930–35; < German Onomasiologie, equivalent to Greek ônomasí(a) name, expression (derivative of ónoma, ónyma name) + -o- -o- + -logie -logy

onomasiologic [on-uh-mey-see-uh-loj-ik, -mey-zee-] , onomasiological, adjective
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onomasiology (ˌɒnəʊˌmeɪsɪˈɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  another name for onomastics
2.  the branch of semantics concerned with the meanings of and meaning relations between individual words

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Main Entry:  onomasiology
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the study of names or naming; also, a branch of semantics concerned with related words and their meanings
Etymology:  Greek onoma 'name'
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