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[noo-muh-rol-uh-jee, nyoo-] /ˌnu məˈrɒl ə dʒi, ˌnyu-/
the study of numbers, as the figures designating the year of one's birth, to determine their supposed influence on one's life, future, etc.
Origin of numerology
1910-15; < Latin numer(us) number + -o- + -logy
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[noo-mer-uh-loj-i-kuh l, nyoo-] /ˌnu mər əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌnyu-/ (Show IPA),
numerologist, noun Unabridged
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  • You meet quite a few people in the theater who are bats on numerology, they use it to pick stage-names.

    No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • In the study of numerology we find there are seven principal numbers that indicate what influences prevail in your life.

British Dictionary definitions for numerology


the study of numbers, such as the figures in a birth date, and of their supposed influence on human affairs
Derived Forms
numerological (ˌnjuːmərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
numerologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for numerology

1911, "study of the occult meaning of numbers," a hybrid from Latin numerus "a number" (see number (n.)) + Greek -logia (see -logy). A correct formation would be arithmology, from Greek arithmos "number." Related: Numerological; numerologist.

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