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


(Linguistics) the use of ideograms to communicate ideas


(ˌɪd iˈɒg rə fi, ˌaɪ di-)

the use of ideograms.


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
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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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If the symmetry between "the musicality of the poetry" and "the ideography of the character" serves as an instrument for criticizing the existing discourse, the frontier extends beyond the mainland through Prusek and Chen Shih-hsiang, further providing a path of discourse able to negotiate with the narrative of the mainland, overcoming any unilinear political ideology or geographic boundaries.
The use of focus group interviews contributed to all the individual narrations in IPA and draws upon phenomenology, hermeneutics, and ideography (Pietkiewicz & Smith, 2012).
Thus, Western representations of Chinese writing was balanced between two opposing forces: firstly, the huge influence of the myths of the total ideography and perfect translatability, suggesting that the characters were supposedly of such a primeval origin that their solution (a "key") was lost and needed be reconstructed.
Framed as such, the narrative situates Ethiopia within the ideography of the Global War on Terror and the good-versus-evil framework within which the values, images, connotations, and meanings associated with terrorism are enacted and institutionalized.
Since writing always contains the elements of iconography, ideography and phonology, cannot be identical with itself.
The new method, as Salvador Dali himself states, is not only an attempt to draw attention to the weaknesses of ordinary perception and understanding,--"pure, psychic automatism, dreams, experimental oneirism, Surrealist Objects functioning symbolically, instinctive ideography, phosphenic and hypnagogic irritation appear to us today by "themselves" as nonevolutive processes--but also an effort to order "irrational thinking" by means of a system of symbols, which should reconcile between one's immediate experience and complete abstraction (Dali 1998f: 266).
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.
Global English Ideography and the Dissolve Translation in Hollywood Film.
The conceptual ideography of the Constitution, in other words, invites formalism.
Here, we may ask, in what sense Chinese ideography is understood by Pound as a writing that directly depicts the real world as well as undermines the fixed image.
Thus I envision the possibility of creating a new ideography that is the geometrical, graphic expression of universal ideas.