I was going through an article on wikipedia and somewhere it said, "the semantic meaning of [noun here] is twofold ......" When I look up the word semantic, to me, it is like a defining word that implicitly implies "meaning". Is this not a grammatical mistake?
No, I don't think it is redundant. The semantic meaning is only one type of meaning. For example, if somebody is being sarcastic then the actual meaning can be the opposite of the semantic meaning. Of course, a dictionary can usually only deal in semantic meaning, so perhaps it was unnecessary in that particular context, but it remains a useful distinction.
There's no grammatical problem, but I think it is redundant, as you can just say "the semantics of...".
The argument above, that points out that there is more than one kind of meaning, doesn't follow. It's circular logic. It's not relevant whether there are other types of meanings. As you pointed out in the question, the word semantics means 'meaning', so the word meaning is redundant, and does not need defining. It doesn't need to be there at all.
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