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numerology

[noo-muh-rol-uh-jee, nyoo-] /ˌnu məˈrɒl ə dʒi, ˌnyu-/
noun
1.
the study of numbers, as the figures designating the year of one's birth, to determine their supposed influence on one's life, future, etc.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; < Latin numer(us) number + -o- + -logy
Related forms
numerological
[noo-mer-uh-loj-i-kuh l, nyoo-] /ˌnu mər əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌnyu-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
numerologist, noun
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Examples from the web for numerology
  • Thanks for doing the math, and mostly for pointing out that numerology means anything one wants it to mean.
  • Humans seem to have a proclivity for numerology, no matter how educated they are.
  • Whether such numerology yields great architecture--or turns design into a superficial game--is a matter of debate.
British Dictionary definitions for numerology

numerology

/ˌnjuːməˈrɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of numbers, such as the figures in a birth date, and of their supposed influence on human affairs
Derived Forms
numerological (ˌnjuːmərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
numerologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for numerology
n.

1911, "study of the occult meaning of numbers," a hybrid from Latin numerus "a number" (see number (n.)) + Greek -logia (see -logy). A correct formation would be arithmology, from Greek arithmos "number." Related: Numerological; numerologist.

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