ideography


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id·e·og·ra·phy

 (ĭd′ē-ŏg′rə-fē, ī′dē-)
n.
1. The representation of ideas by graphic symbols.
2. The use of ideograms to express ideas.

ideography

(ˌɪdɪˈɒɡrəfɪ)
n
(Linguistics) the use of ideograms to communicate ideas

id•e•og•ra•phy

(ˌɪd iˈɒg rə fi, ˌaɪ di-)

n.
the use of ideograms.
[1830–1840]

ideography

a form of writing in which a written symbol represents an object rather than a word or speech sound. — ideographic, ideographical, adj.
See also: Writing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ideography - the use of ideograms in writing
orthography, writing system - a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
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Since writing always contains the elements of iconography, ideography and phonology, cannot be identical with itself.
Specialized contexts may be identified in which ideography is operative within a particular social group or cultural niche.
Western designers need to be aware of and cautious about ideography.