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This commonplace understanding of Ovid's epic, neatly summarized by Sabinus in one sentence and accrediting the poem with an ancient polysemantic wisdom, no doubt helps to account for the many redactions and commentaries that Ovid's masterpiece has inspired over the course of two millennia.
Besides, a definition such as 'chimerical' seems more acceptable to all concerned because it is polysemantic (Chimera: a) (biol.
In other words, material culture is like a polysemantic text implying that the meaning of an artefact can never be explained to the end (Shanks & Tilley 1987, 117).
37) Kane and Brenton's thematic use of sodomitical images echoes the term's polysemantic properties in the early modern period.
Similarity superimposed on contiguity imparts to poetry its throughgoing [sic] symbolic, multiplex, polysemantic essence .
Presumably, since he characterizes chong as "as polysemantic word comprising animals in general, [and] insects or invertebrates in particular," he is implying that this semantic classifier does not constitute the beginnings of a scientific system of nomenclature for even a portion of the animal kingdom.
Laying bare its polysemantic nature, Ricoeur summons us all, whether as a scholar or as a reflective agent, to take on the challenge of being just.
Clearly these works, in their preoccupation with metafictional meaning and questions of reading and interpretation, illustrate the polysemantic nature of the text.
The ability of moral language to be enriched hermeneutically reflects language's polysemantic character which allows new standards of freedom to be achieved by moral insight and carried through in moral action.
to poetry its thoroughgoing symbolic, multiplex, polysemantic essence" (p.
Finally, Pflug's pictures of a polysemantic cityscape suggest a third context, the discursive relationship of view and "topic" in specified social settings, with attention to characteristic modes of perception (and conception) and the perceived ontological nature of objects.
In Early Modern English, the lexeme appears to have been more polysemantic than it is in Present-Day English, where, if listed at all, the meaning "asylum" is marked as 'archaic', and the figurative abstract sense functions as a prototype, whose position, given the (current) circumstances, is not in jeopardy.