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[see-mee-ot-ik, sem-ee, see-mahy-] /ˌsi miˈɒt ɪk, ˌsɛm i, ˌsi maɪ-/
adjective, Also, semiotical
of or relating to signs.
of or relating to semiotics.
Medicine/Medical. of or relating to symptoms; symptomatic.
Origin of semiotic
1615-20; (def 3) < Greek sēmeiōtikós significant, equivalent to sēmeiō-, verbid stem of sēmeioûn to interpret as a sign (derivative of Greek sēmeîon sign) + -tikos -tic; (def 4) < Greek sēmeiōtikḗ, noun use of feminine of sēmeiōtikós, adapted by John Locke (on the model of Greek logikḗ logic, etc.; see -ic) to mean “the doctrine of signs”; (defs 1, 2) based on Locke's coinage or a reanalysis of the Gk word Unabridged
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Examples from the web for semiotic
  • No word yet on the semiotic secrets of the triple lutz.
  • Draws on semiotic theory in a study of how players modify the best-selling computer game.
  • The mere act of buying a soft drink has become a semiotic exercise.
  • There is no question that the style of the semiotic writers was needlessly convoluted.
  • Everything about the ball culture signifies so blatantly and so promiscuously that the movie induces a kind of semiotic daze.
  • Explores the nature and function of listening to music from the perspective of semiotic phenomenology.
  • His semiotic is based on understanding of that triadic relation.
British Dictionary definitions for semiotic


/ˌsɛmɪˈɒtɪk; ˌsiːmɪ-/
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
C17: from Greek sēmeiōtikos taking note of signs, from sēmeion a sign
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Word Origin and History 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).

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