Used of writing systems: that encode meaning, rather than sound. The more pleremic a script is, the more the symbols refer directly to lexemes rather than phonemes. A writing system that is very pleremic, although not completely, is the Chinese ideographic script. Semitic scripts such as Hebrew and Arabic may be seen as somewhat pleremic, since they most often elide vowel signs, and thus, it is more difficult for readers to translate the symbols into sound, and fill in the missing vowels, than to store entire word-images in their heads.

See also: cenemic.

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