semiotics

noun
se·​mi·​ot·​ics | \ ˌsē-mē-ˈä-tiks How to pronounce semiotics (audio) , ˌse-mē-, ˌsē-ˌmī- \
variants: or semiotic \ ˌsē-​mē-​ˈä-​tik How to pronounce semiotics (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ , ˌsē-​ˌmī-​ \
plural semiotics

Definition of semiotics

: a general philosophical theory of signs and symbols that deals especially with their function in both artificially constructed and natural languages and comprises syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics

Other Words from semiotics

semiotic adjective
semiotician \ ˌsē-​mē-​ə-​ˈti-​shən How to pronounce semiotics (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ , ˌsē-​ˌmī-​ \ noun
semioticist \ ˌsē-​mē-​ˈä-​tə-​sist How to pronounce semiotics (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ , ˌsē-​ˌmī-​ \ noun

Examples of semiotics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the discourse focussed on the semiotics of a slap versus a punch. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2022 Laruccia continued to explore his passion for learning by moving back east to teach semiotics and film at Brown University in Rhode Island. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2022 My master’s degree is in semiotics — the science of signs. Randy Shattuck, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 The scene immediately brings to mind AOC’s similar semiotics-savvy dissection of her opponent’s campaign pamphlet in House. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2022 This was distinctly worrisome to anyone steeped in the semiotics of Hollywood. Roger R. Smith, The New York Review of Books, 22 July 2021 This was distinctly worrisome to anyone steeped in the semiotics of Hollywood. Roger R. Smith, The New York Review of Books, 22 July 2021 Underneath the apparent respectability of his paintings, so smooth in their rendering of elegant references to semiotics and psychology, is a bad child, uncatchable and still uncaught, writhing with glee in the surplus fat of the twentieth century. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 This was distinctly worrisome to anyone steeped in the semiotics of Hollywood. Roger R. Smith, The New York Review of Books, 22 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of semiotics

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for semiotics

Greek sēmeiōtikos observant of signs, from sēmeiousthai to interpret signs, from sēmeion sign, from sēma sign

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13 Apr 2022

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“Semiotics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semiotics. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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