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patrology

[puh-trol-uh-jee] /pəˈtrɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural patrologies.
1.
Also called patristics. the branch of theology dealing with the teachings of the church fathers.
2.
a collection of the writings of the early church fathers.
Origin of patrology
1590-1600
From the New Latin word patrologia, dating back to 1590-1600. See patri-, -o-, -logy
Related forms
patrologic
[pa-truh-loj-ik] /ˌpæ trəˈlɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
patrological, adjective
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patrology

/pəˈtrɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of the writings of the Fathers of the Church
2.
a collection of such writings
Derived Forms
patrological (ˌpætrəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
patrologist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek patr-, patēr father + -logy
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Contemporary definitions for patrology
noun

a name derived from a father or ancestor; a surname or family name

Word Origin

patri- 'father' + -onym 'name'

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