astrology

[uh-strol-uh-jee]
noun
1.
the study that assumes and attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.
2.
Obsolete. the science of astronomy.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Latin astrologia < Greek. See astro-, -logy

astrologer, astrologist, noun
astrological [a-struh-loj-i-kuhl] , astrologic, astrologous [uh-strol-uh-guhs] , adjective
astrologically, adverb
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astrology (əˈstrɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  the study of the motions and relative positions of the planets, sun, and moon, interpreted in terms of human characteristics and activities
2.  the primitive study of celestial bodies, which formed the basis of astronomy
 
[C14: from Old French astrologie, from Latin astrologia, from Greek, from astrologos (originally: astronomer); see astro-, -logy]
 
as'trologer
 
n
 
as'trologist
 
n
 
astrological
 
adj
 
astro'logically
 
adv

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astrology
late 14c., from L. astrologia "astronomy," from Gk. astrologia "telling of the stars," from astron "star" (see astro-) + -logia "treating of," comb. form of logon "one who speaks (in a certain manner)." Originally identical with astronomy,
it had also a special sense of "practical astronomy, astronomy applied to prediction of events." This was divided into natural astrology "the calculation and foretelling of natural phenomenon" (tides, eclipses, etc.), and judicial astrology "the art of judging occult influences of stars on human affairs" (also known as stromancy, 1650s). Differentiation between astrology and astronomy began late 1400s and by 17c. this word was limited to "reading influences of the stars and their effects on human destiny." Astrological is recorded from 1590s

astrologer
late 14c., from astrology (q.v.). Drove out Fr. import astrologein, which, had it survived, probably would have yielded *astrologian; cf. Chaucer's "The wise Astrologen."
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astrology definition


A study of the positions and relationships of the sun, moon, stars, and planets in order to judge their influence on human actions. Astrology, unlike astronomy, is not a scientific study and has been much criticized by scientists. (See zodiac.)

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Astrologer definition


(Dan. 1:20; 2:2, 10, 27, etc.) Heb. 'ashshaph', an enchanter, one who professes to divine future events by the appearance of the stars. This science flourished among the Chaldeans. It was positively forbidden to the Jews (Deut. 4:19; 18:10; Isa. 47:13).

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Example sentences
Why don't you ask a witch doctor and perhaps an astrologer while you are at it.
Neither astrologer was particularly stuck to an interpretation of the chart.
As they say, not even the astrologer can be always wrong.
Other branches of the family agreed to proceed but only, as tradition dictated, once an astrologer was consulted.
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