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Having or characterized by many meanings, as the words play and table.

[From Late Latin polysēmus, from Greek polusēmos : polu-, poly- + sēma, sign.]

pol′y·se′my (pŏl′ē-sē′mē, pə-lĭs′ə-) n.


(ˌpɒlɪˈsiːmɪ; pəˈlɪsəmɪ)
(Linguistics) the existence of several meanings in a single word. Compare monosemy
[C20: from New Latin polysēmia, from Greek polusēmos having many meanings, from poly- + sēma a sign]
ˌpolyˈsemous, polysemic, polyseme adj


(ˈpɒl iˌsi mi, pəˈlɪs ə mi)

diversity of meanings.
[< French polysémie (1897) < Late Latin polysēm(us) with many meanings (< Greek polýsēmos)]
pol`y•se′mous, adj.


a diversity of meanings for a given word.
See also: Language
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polysemy - the ambiguity of an individual word or phrase that can be used (in different contexts) to express two or more different meanings
equivocalness, ambiguity - unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
monosemy - having a single meaning (absence of ambiguity) usually of individual words or phrases


[pɒˈlɪsəmɪ] Npolisemia f
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The idea is not only evident in the poetic polysemia and multilinguistic paronomasia characteristic of the creative work of Shakespeare, Milton, and their contemporaries, but also explicitly acknowledged in such formal defenses as Sidney's Defense of Poesy and Daniel's Musophilus; in the latter, we hear of
Antigone is emphatically treated with polysemia and so she is represented as a figure of abjection whose vulnerability promises a new political order; performative agency; alternative kinship; and 'unspoken' laws which do not separate civil and religious duties.
13) In this way, he encourages us to take up Jameson's challenge to interpret Lu Xun's work through the "multiple polysemia of the dream," in which literary texts are representative, but in diverse and unbounded ways rather than in a set of one-to-one symbolic relationships.
Furthermore, because different participants have different ontologies, the research methods we employ are polyphonic, ensuring that diverse ontologies are represented in the research dialogue and contribute to nuanced outcomes that embrace theories and practices forged within a context that values difference and its manifestation in polysemia.
He shows how polysemia in the source language can be lost even in the best translations, and he laments his editors' normalizing the Italian he used to attempt to convey the spirit of Rosa's prose.
Moreover, in elucidating my own allegorical analysis of the female characters in The Meaning of Consuelo, I would like to employ an explanation that Jameson offers by way of deciphering the resurgence of allegories: "the allegorical spirit is profoundly discontinuous, a matter of breaks and heterogeneities, of the multiple polysemia of the dream rather than the homogenous representation of the symbol" (73).
The polysemia Faulkner employs here requires unpacking: it might be assumed that "the long sleep that outlasts love" is simply death itself, Thanatos defeating Eros, their polarity invoking the seemingly obvious meaning, given the context of the figuration.
If allegory has once again become somehow congenial for us today, as over against the massive and monumental unifications of an older modernist symbolism or even realism itself, it is because the allegorical spirit is profoundly discontinuous, a matter of breaks and heterogeneities, of the multiple polysemia of the dream rather than the homogeneous representation of the symbol.
Towell and Voorhees showed that polysemia has an effect of reduction in the precision of the systems of R.
8) The polysemia of the term "Flasche" would have remained occluded without the helpful suggestion in 2006 of the graduate students of the Department of German and Scandinavian, University of Oregon.