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symbology

[sim-bol-uh-jee] /sɪmˈbɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the study of symbols.
2.
the use of symbols; symbolism.
Origin of symbology
1830-1840
1830-40; by haplology, symbolo- (combining form of symbol) + -logy
Related forms
symbological
[sim-buh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌsɪm bəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
symbologist, noun
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Examples from the Web for symbology
Historical Examples
  • The primitive church was not so forgetful of symbology as are the majority of the Christian faith to-day.

    Simon Magus George Robert Stow Mead
  • They must have a symbology for the calibration of scientific instruments.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Even many of those in which the symbology had to be thought out at length, were painted in an hour.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
  • They certainly must have a symbology for the calibration of scientific instruments.

    Anything You Can Do Gordon Randall Garrett
  • This symbology is universal, because it is fundamentally true.

    Avatras Annie Besant
  • Of course the other party had their symbology too—like the Teapot Celebration.

    The House from Nowhere Arthur G. Stangland
  • We speak to you now through hypnotic pictures which you are translating into the symbology of your own society.

    Adolescents Only Irving E. Cox
  • Do you think we'll get theory and symbology worked out before that meteor is supposed to hit Moonbase One?

    Fifty Per Cent Prophet Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for symbology

symbology

/sɪmˈbɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the use, study, or interpretation of symbols
Derived Forms
symbological (ˌsɪmbəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
symbologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for symbology
n.

1840, from Modern Latin symbolia (from Greek symbolon; see symbol) + -ology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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