[hur-muh-noo-tiks, -nyoo-]
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.

1730–40; see hermeneutic, -ics

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hermeneutics (ˌhɜːmɪˈnjuːtɪks)
1.  the science of interpretation, esp of Scripture
2.  the branch of theology that deals with the principles and methodology of exegesis
3.  philosophy
 a.  the study and interpretation of human behaviour and social institutions
 b.  (in existentialist thought) discussion of the purpose of life
[C18: from Greek hermēneutikos expert in interpretation, from hermēneuein to interpret, from hermēneus interpreter, of uncertain origin]

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