noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1893 1. the study of meanings: a. the historical and psychological study and the classification of changes in the signification of words or forms viewed as factors in linguistic development b. (1) semiotic (2) a branch of semiotic dealing with the relations between signs and what they refer to and including theories of denotation, extension, naming, and truth 2. general semantics 3. a. the meaning or relationship of meanings of a sign or set of signs; especially connotative meaning b. the language used (as in advertising or political propaganda) to achieve a desired effect on an audience especially through the use of words with novel or dual meanings

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