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iconology

[ahy-kuh-nol-uh-jee] /ˌaɪ kəˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the historical analysis and interpretive study of symbols or images and their contextual significance; iconography.
2.
the study of icons or symbolic representations.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; icono- + -logy
Related forms
iconological
[ahy-kon-l-oj-i-kuh l, ahy-kuh-nl-] /aɪˌkɒn lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌaɪ kə nl-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
iconologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for iconology

iconology

/ˌaɪkɒˈnɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study or field of art history concerning icons
2.
icons collectively
3.
the symbolic representation or symbolism of icons
Derived Forms
iconological (aɪˌkɒnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
iconologist, noun
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