holophrastic

adjective ho·lo·phras·tic \ ˌhō-lə-ˈfra-stik , ˌhä- \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of holophrastic

: expressing a complex of ideas in a single word or in a fixed phrase

Origin and Etymology of holophrastic

holo- + -phrastic (as in paraphrastic, periphrastic)
Note: Word apparently coined by the German-American educator and political philosopher Francis Lieber (1798 or 1800-1872) in a letter to Albert Gallatin entitled "On some subjects of comparative Philology, and the importance of the study of Foreign Languages especially of the Classic Tongues," published in the Southern Literary Messenger, vol. 3, no. 3 (March, 1837), pp. 167-68.


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