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1. in. to cause trouble for fun; to stir things up. (Black.) What are all these cats signifying about anyway?
2. in. to try to look more important than one really is; to brag; to strut one’s stuff. (Black.) See that dude signify like somebody important?
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To understand the notion of the people as an empty signifier, we first of all need to turn to the original meaning of the empty signifier from semantics, before turning to Laclau's utilization of the concept for understanding populism.
As a result, sexual difference offers the two possible positions in which such a failure happens: the modalities of jouissance indicate the location of each subject in relation to the single available signifier for sex, the phallus or phallic function.
In these two examples the Murad Badsha, plays the role of signifier of low class, and Mumtaz with her elegant mobile gadget, signifies elegance, wealth, and with it comfort, which he is searching for.
It is my opinion that a system of symbolic signs is more advanced than a system of iconic signs because the arbitrary nature of the relationship between signifier and signified is more fluid and therefore more open to adaptation and the assimilation of new signifieds.
The modern linguistic distinction between signifier and signified is closely related to the assumptive binary opposition between sensible and intelligible worlds (Bradley 45).
Attempting to find personal transformation in these signifiers, Charlotte in particular tries to discover meaning in the enigmatic Asian world.
5) By rooting our understanding of the Real within the logic of the signifier we may begin to recognise the materiality of the immaterial, and the stubborn opacity of the material itself.
Model partnership" as an empty signifier, instead, carves out an empty space for Turkish-American relations where it is impossible, under the present conditions, to define or found the bilateral relationship.
Of course, the paternal function and the phallic signifier are key concerns in Lacanian psychoanalysis and to the normal (neurotic) development of the subject.
The Wandering Signifier makes an important and much-needed contribution to Latin American literary studies.
The fort-da game of the child, introduced by Freud, becomes for Pluth, in an original and useful reading, a prototype of a new use of the signifier, an 'address to the event', a 'declaration of the fact that something is' (104), which is not a representation.
The point of the enigmatic signifier in an agnostic age is to be carefully suggestive, a distinct trace rather than a conventional denotation, an allusion rather than a clear sign.
For better or worse, virtuous aggression is the signifier of heroism in our culture.
As Lacan (1977) theorized, the subject or identity of a person becomes "a signifier for another signifier.
They subvert white- and male-defined signifiers of blackness by exposing the tenuous status of the goat as signifier and wresting it from patriarchal definitions.