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eschatology

[es-kuh-tol-uh-jee]
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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.
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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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eschatology

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

Word Origin

C19: from Greek eskhatos last
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Word Origin and History for 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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