eschatology

[es-kuh-tol-uh-jee]
noun Theology.
  1. any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc.
  2. the branch of theology dealing with such matters.

Origin of eschatology

1835–45; < Greek éschato(s) last + -logy
Related formses·cha·to·log·i·cal [es-kuh-tl-oj-i-kuh l, e-skat-l-] /ˌɛs kə tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ɛˌskæt l-/, adjectivees·cha·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverbes·cha·tol·o·gist, noun
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Contemporary Examples of eschatological

  • This being 2012, the year the world may or may not end, certain people may find themselves in an eschatological mindset.

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  • Obama cannot establish a new agency without being accused of having an eschatological intention of transmogrifying American life.

Historical Examples of eschatological


British Dictionary definitions for eschatological

eschatology

noun
  1. the branch of theology or biblical exegesis concerned with the end of the world
Derived Formseschatological (ˌɛskətəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveeschatologically, adverbeschatologist, noun

Word Origin for eschatology

C19: from Greek eskhatos last
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Word Origin and History for eschatological

eschatology

n.

1844, from Greek eskhatos "last, furthest, uttermost, extreme, most remote" (from ex "out of," Boeotian es-; see ex-) + -ology. Originally in theology, the study of the four last things: death, judgment, heaven, hell. Related: Eschatological; eschatologically.

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