ideographic: An ideographic orthography is a writing system that represents words without representing the sounds of the language, in effect representing ideas directly. Traditional Chinese writing is ideographic, and the writing systems of the peoples of Mexico before the arrival of the Spaniards (for example, the Aztecs, Mixtecs, and Mayas) were largely ideographic. (The most common kinds of sound-representing writing systems are alphabets and syllabaries.) [Spanish: ideográfico]