semasiology

noun

se·​ma·​si·​ol·​o·​gy si-ˌmā-sē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce semasiology (audio)
-ˌmā-zē-
semasiological adjective

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from German Semasiologie, from Greek sēmasía "indication, designation, meaning," derivative of sēmaínein "to indicate, point out, signify" (with -sia, re-thematized form of -sis -sis) + German -o- -o- + -logie -logy — more at semantic

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semasiology was in 1847

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“Semasiology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semasiology. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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