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hermeneutic

[hur-muh-noo-tik, -nyoo-] /ˌhɜr məˈnu tɪk, -ˈnyu-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to hermeneutics; interpretative; explanatory.
Also, hermeneutical.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; < Greek hermēneutikós of, skilled in, interpreting, equivalent to hermēneú(ein) to make clear, interpret (derivative of hermēneús an interpreter, itself derivative of Hermês Hermes) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
hermeneutically, adverb
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hermeneutic

/ˌhɜːmɪˈnjuːtɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the interpretation of Scripture; using or relating to hermeneutics
2.
interpretive
Derived Forms
hermeneutically, adverb
hermeneutist, noun
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Word Origin and History for hermeneutic
adj.

"interpretive," 1670s, from Greek hermeneutikos "interpreting," from hermeneutes "interpreter," from hermeneuein "to interpret," of unknown origin (formerly considered ultimately a derivative of Hermes, as the tutelary divinity of speech, writing, and eloquence).

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