me·met·ics | \mē-ˈme-tiks, mə-\

Definition of memetics 

: the study of memes Memetics sees ideas as a kind of virus, sometimes propagating in spite of truth and logic. Its maxim is: Beliefs that survive aren't necessarily true, rules that survive aren't necessarily fair and rituals that survive aren't necessarily necessary. Things that survive do so because they are good at surviving.Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 1999

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Other Words from memetics

memeticist \mē-ˈme-tə-sist, mə- \ noun plural memeticists
Some memeticists liken memes to viruses; others say they're closer to genes. [Robert] Aunger rejects both models. To him, a meme is more like a benign parasite that's incapable of reproducing without a host, the host being the human brain. — Jay Kirk, Wilson Quarterly, Summer 2002

First Known Use of memetics

1984, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about memetics

Dictionary Entries near memetics

meme

memento

memento mori

memetics

meml

Memling

Memnon

Statistics for memetics

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for memetics

The first known use of memetics was in 1984

See more words from the same year

Comments on memetics

What made you want to look up memetics? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!