Pictograms, ideograms and logograms
A pictogram or pictograph is a symbol representing a concept, object, activity, place or event by illustration. Pictography is a form of writing whereby ideas are transmitted through drawing.
An ideogram or ideograph is a graphical symbol that represents an idea, rather than a group of letters arranged according to the phonemes of a spoken language, as is done in alphabetic languages.
A logogram, or logograph, is a single grapheme which represents a word or a morpheme (a meaningful unit of language). This stands in contrast to other writing systems, such as alphabets, where each symbol (letter) primarily represents a sound or a combination of sounds.
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1822, from Gk. demotikos "of or for the common people," from demos"common people," originally "district," from PIE *da-mo- "division,"from base *da- "to divide" (see tide). In contrast to hieratic.Originally of the simpler of two forms of ancient
Egyptian writing; broader sense is from 1831; used of Greek since1927.
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