noun, plural cos·mog·o·nies.

a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe, the solar system, or the earth-moon system.

Origin of cosmogony

First recorded in 1860–65, cosmogony is from the Greek word kosmogonía creation of the world. See cosmo-, -gony
Related formscos·mog·o·nal, cos·mo·gon·ic [koz-muh-gon-ik] /ˌkɒz məˈgɒn ɪk/, cos·mo·gon·i·cal, adjectivecos·mog·o·nist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cosmogonic

Historical Examples of cosmogonic

  • There are other cosmogonic myths besides that of the division of the giant Ymir.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • The cosmogonic narrative which forms the first part of what Geo.


    Znade A. Ragozin

  • In all these myths there is a theogonic and cosmogonic element.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy

    Benjamin Franklin Cocker

  • Sacred myths, see also Cosmogonic myths; Migration traditions.

  • With such shifting, grotesque and inadequate fables, the cosmogonic myths of the world are necessarily bewildered and perplexed.

British Dictionary definitions for cosmogonic


noun plural -nies

the study of the origin and development of the universe or of a particular system in the universe, such as the solar system
a theory of such an origin or evolution
Derived Formscosmogonal, adjectivecosmogonic (ˌkɒzməˈɡɒnɪk) or cosmogonical, adjectivecosmogonist, noun

Word Origin for cosmogony

C17: from Greek kosmogonia, from cosmo- + gonos creation
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Word Origin and History for cosmogonic



1690s as "a theory of the creation;" 1766 as "the creation of the universe," from Latinized form of Greek kosmogonia "creation of the world," from kosmos "world, universe" (see cosmos) + -gonia "a begetting."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cosmogonic in Science



The branch of cosmology that studies the origin of the universe and the larger objects found within it, such as the solar system.
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