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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, mid-19th century


Relating to a written character symbolizing the idea of a thing without indicating the sounds used to say it, e.g., numerals and Chinese characters.

Examples of Ideographic in a sentence

"She painted a personalized ideographic nameplate for her son's bedroom door."

"The hardest part of learning Chinese for me is remembering the ideographic symbols."

About Ideographic

In Greek, "idea" means form and "graph" means writing. Therefore an ideograph means a written symbol. The adjective ideographic means anything that is related to that symbol. Your emoji texts are a perfect example of ideographic communication.

Did you Know?

Also known as an ideogram, an ideograph is a symbol that represents an idea or concept. One of the most universal ideographic symbols is the peace symbol. The circle with the forked lines was designed as the British nuclear disarmament symbol, but has been adopted as a worldwide symbol for peace.

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