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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
  • 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
  • We speak to you now through hypnotic pictures which you are translating into the symbology of your own society.

    Adolescents Only Irving E. Cox
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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