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psephology

[see-fol-uh-jee] /siˈfɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the study of elections.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; < Greek psêpho(s) pebble + -logy; so called from the Athenian custom of casting votes by means of pebbles
Related forms
psephological
[‐fuh-loj-i-kuh l] /‐fəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
psephologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for psephology

psephology

/sɛˈfɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the statistical and sociological study of elections
Derived Forms
psephological (ˌsɛfəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
psephologically, adverb
psephologist, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Greek psephos pebble, vote + -logy, from the ancient Greeks' custom of voting with pebbles
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Word Origin and History for psephology
n.

"study of elections," 1952, from Greek psephizein "to vote" (properly "to vote with pebbles," from psephos "pebble") + -logy.

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