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theology

the·ol·o·gy

theology

 
 
pronunciation:
thi a l ji
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part of speech: noun
inflections: theologies
definition 1: the study of religion, esp. the relations between God and the universe as expressed in religious doctrine, revelation, and scripture.
His interest in religious questions led him to focus on theology at the university.
definition 2: a particular system of religious belief and doctrine.
similar words:
religion
Word Parts
The word theology contains the following parts:
-logy, -ology Greek noun-forming suffix that means study of, science of; written work; structure or principle
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The suffix -logy , -ology forms nouns from bases that are predominantly Greek roots. It is a terminal form of the root log, logo, -logue which in the vast majority cases signifies the study or science of the subject indicated by the base. In some words, however, -ology carries the meaning "written work" (trilogy ) or "structure" (homology ). See log, logo, -logue. Most nouns ending in -logy , -ology have an adjective form ending in "-ical." (dermatology , dermatological).
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synonyms:
-ics