What does ideograph mean?

Definitions for ideographˈɪd i əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf, ˈaɪ di-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ideogram, ideograph(noun)

    a graphic character that indicates the meaning of a thing without indicating the sounds used to say it

    "Chinese characters are ideograms"


  1. ideograph(Noun)

    An ideogram.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ideograph(noun)

    same as Ideogram


  1. Ideograph

    An ideograph or virtue word is a word frequently used in political discourse that uses an abstract concept to develop support for political positions. Such words are usually terms that do not have a clear definition but are used to give the impression of a clear meaning. Such examples include and . Rhetorical critics use chevrons or angle brackets to mark off ideographs. The term ideograph was coined by rhetorical scholar and critic Michael Calvin McGee describing the use of particular words and phrases as political language in a way that captures particular ideological positions. McGee sees the ideograph as a way of understanding of how specific, concrete instances of political discourse relate to the more abstract idea of political ideology. Robertson defines ideographs as “political slogans or labels that encapsulate ideology in political discourse.” Meanwhile, Celeste Condit and John Lucaites, influenced by McGee, explain, “Ideographs represent in condensed form the normative, collective commitments of the members of a public, and they typically appear in public argumentation as the necessary motivations or justifications for action performed in the name of the public.” Ideographs are common in advertising and political discourse.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ideograph in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ideograph in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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