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[es-kuh-tol-uh-jee] /ˌɛs kəˈtɒl ə dʒi/
noun, Theology
any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc.
the branch of theology dealing with such matters.
Origin of eschatology
1835-45; < Greek éschato(s) last + -logy
Related forms
[es-kuh-tl-oj-i-kuh l, e-skat-l-] /ˌɛs kə tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ɛˌskæt l-/ (Show IPA),
eschatologically, adverb
eschatologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eschatology
  • Scientific eschatology-the study of the far future-has a distinguished history in cosmology and physics.
  • Fashions come and go in all human endeavors-even eschatology, the study of the end of the world.
  • In addition to constructing a narrative, popular eschatology provides a call for.
British Dictionary definitions for eschatology


the branch of theology or biblical exegesis concerned with the end of the world
Derived Forms
eschatological (ˌɛskətəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
eschatologically, adverb
eschatologist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Greek eskhatos last
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Word Origin and History for eschatology

1844, from Greek eskhatos "last, furthest, uttermost, extreme, most remote" (from ex "out of," Boeotian es-; see ex-) + -ology. Originally in theology, the study of the four last things: death, judgment, heaven, hell. Related: Eschatological; eschatologically.

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