astrology

[uh-strol-uh-jee]

noun

the study that assumes and attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.
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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Contemporary Examples of astrological

  • But Eleanor is still hands-down the most righteous babe on the astrological block.

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    The Stars Predict Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    October 9, 2011

  • You can make a living off talents and be the most productive babe with the most functional bonds on the astrological block.

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    What the Stars Hold for Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    July 30, 2011

  • You metamorphose, seemingly overnight, from most- to least-stressed individual on the astrological block.

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    What the Stars Hold for Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    July 8, 2011

  • Astrologers do have tips on coping with all this astrological drama.

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    Astrologers Predict Holiday Hell

    Gina Piccalo

    November 21, 2010

  • She shook my hand and asked me what my astrological sign was.

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    Donna's Day

    Kate Betts

    September 11, 2010

Historical Examples of astrological


British Dictionary definitions for astrological

astrology

noun

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

Word Origin for astrology

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 astrological
adj.

1590s; see astrology + -ical. Related: Astrologically.

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

astrological 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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