a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe, the solar system, or the earth-moon system.
- cos·mog·o·nal, cos·mo·gon·ic [koz-muh-gon-ik], /ˌkɒz məˈgɒn ɪk/, cos·mo·gon·i·cal, adjective
- cos·mog·o·nist, noun
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How to use cosmogony in a sentence
With such shifting, grotesque and inadequate fables, the cosmogonic myths of the world are necessarily bewildered and perplexed.
Perhaps the cosmogonic myths of the less cultivated races have now been stated in sufficient number.
Both strata of belief are represented in the surviving cosmogonic myths of the Aztecs.
The authorities for Greek cosmogonic myth are extremely various in date, character and value.
To Hesiod, then, we must turn for what is the earliest complete literary form of the Greek cosmogonic myth.
British Dictionary definitions for cosmogony
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
- cosmogonal, adjective
- cosmogonic (ˌkɒzməˈɡɒnɪk) or cosmogonical, adjective
- cosmogonist, noun
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Scientific definitions for cosmogony
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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