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astrology

[uh-strol-uh-jee]
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noun
  1. the study that assumes and attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.
  2. Obsolete. the science of astronomy.

Origin of astrology

1325–75; Middle English < Latin astrologia < Greek. See astro-, -logy
Related formsas·trol·o·ger, as·trol·o·gist, nounas·tro·log·i·cal [a-struh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌæ strəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, as·tro·log·ic, as·trol·o·gous [uh-strol-uh-guh s] /əˈstrɒl ə gəs/, adjectiveas·tro·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  • It is enough to be a doctor to enjoy the reputation of an astrologer and a wizard.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • He was not exactly an alchemist; he was an astrologer, and there are the ruins of his tower in the park.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford

  • Partridge, cobbler, astrologer, almanac-maker and quack (died 1708).

  • Astrologer, you shall have a gift from me, for you are a wise man.

    Morning Star

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The astrologer sighed in relief, nor did the captain seem disappointed.

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    H. Rider Haggard


British Dictionary definitions for astrologer

astrology

noun
  1. the study of the motions and relative positions of the planets, sun, and moon, interpreted in terms of human characteristics and activities
  2. the primitive study of celestial bodies, which formed the basis of astronomy
Derived Formsastrologer or astrologist, nounastrological (ˌæstrəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveastrologically, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French astrologie, from Latin astrologia, from Greek, from astrologos (originally: astronomer); see astro-, -logy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for astrologer

n.

late 14c., from astrology + -er (1). Drove out French import astrologein, which, had it survived, probably would have yielded *astrologian; cf. Chaucer's "The wise Astrologen." Earliest recorded reference is to roosters as announcers of sunrise.

astrology

n.

late 14c., from Latin astrologia "astronomy, the science of the heavenly bodies," from Greek astrologia "telling of the stars," from astron "star" (see astro-) + -logia "treating of" (see -logy).

Originally identical with astronomy, it had also a special sense of "practical astronomy, astronomy applied to prediction of events." This was divided into natural astrology "the calculation and foretelling of natural phenomenon" (tides, eclipses, etc.), and judicial astrology "the art of judging occult influences of stars on human affairs" (also known as astromancy, 1650s). Differentiation between astrology and astronomy began late 1400s and by 17c. this word was limited to "reading influences of the stars and their effects on human destiny."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

astrologer in Culture

astrology

A study of the positions and relationships of the sun, moon, stars, and planets in order to judge their influence on human actions. Astrology, unlike astronomy, is not a scientific study and has been much criticized by scientists. (See zodiac (see also zodiac).)

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