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[hur-muh-noo-tiks, -nyoo-] /ˌhɜr məˈnu tɪks, -ˈnyu-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the science of interpretation, especially of the Scriptures.
the branch of theology that deals with the principles of Biblical exegesis.
Origin of hermeneutics
1730-40; see hermeneutic, -ics Unabridged
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  • It is called application hermeneutics, meaning that you know in advance who are supposed to be the good ones and who the bad ones.
  • One way of viewing serialism is to see it as a sort of giant affective device in the hermeneutics of modern music.
  • In so doing, it has always favored philology and archaeology, all the while avoiding the more capacious domain of hermeneutics.
British Dictionary definitions for hermeneutics


noun (functioning as sing)
the science of interpretation, esp of Scripture
the branch of theology that deals with the principles and methodology of exegesis
  1. the study and interpretation of human behaviour and social institutions
  2. (in existentialist thought) discussion of the purpose of life
Word Origin
C18: from Greek hermēneutikos expert in interpretation, from hermēneuein to interpret, from hermēneus interpreter, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hermeneutics

1737, from hermeneutic; also see -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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