eschatology

[es-kuh-tol-uh-jee]
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noun Theology.

any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc.
the branch of theology dealing with such matters.

Nearby words

  1. escaut,
  2. eschalot,
  3. eschar,
  4. escharotic,
  5. escharotomy,
  6. eschaton,
  7. escheat,
  8. escheatage,
  9. escheator,
  10. eschenbach, wolfram von

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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British Dictionary definitions for eschatology

eschatology

noun

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 eschatology

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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