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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown


Charles Sanders Peirce's term for a sign that functions by means of sharing resemblances with what it signifies. Portraits or maps, for example, are natural resemblances rather than arbitrary and conventional signs. (See also Semiotics.)

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