Definition of ideogram
1 : a picture or symbol used in a system of writing to represent a thing or an idea but not a particular word or phrase for it; especially : one that represents not the object pictured but some thing or idea that the object pictured is supposed to suggest
2 : logogram
ideogrammicplay \ˌi-dē-ə-ˈgra-mik, ˌī-\ adjective
ideogrammaticplay \ˌi-dē-ō-grə-ˈma-tik, ˌī-\ adjective
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There, Chinese kites shaped like Buzz Lightyear and Slinky Dog hung from the ceiling; Chinese ideograms identified the different kinds of pastry.
Of getting lost in who people think you are!’ A prizefighter’s journey is an existentialist ideogram for life, and the real fight, the real fifteen rounds, occurs in the heart, at home.
No, not changing in a way that means the language is abandoning the alphabet and regressing back to ideograms—
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