noun deix·is \ˈdīk-sis also ˈdāk-\

Definition of deixis

  1. :  the pointing or specifying function of some words (as definite articles and demonstrative pronouns) whose denotation changes from one discourse to another

Origin and Etymology of deixis

Greek, literally, display, from deiknynai to show — more at diction

First Known Use: 1946

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