gematria

[ guh-mey-tree-uh ]
/ gəˈmeɪ tri ə /
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noun

a cabbalistic system of interpretation of the Scriptures by substituting for a particular word another word whose letters give the same numerical sum.

Nearby words

  1. gelée, claude,
  2. gem,
  3. gem iron,
  4. gem state,
  5. gemara,
  6. gemayel,
  7. gemclip,
  8. gemeinschaft,
  9. gemel bottle,
  10. gemellipara

Origin of gematria

1685–95; < Hebrew gēmaṭriyā < Greek geōmetría geometry

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Word Origin and History for gematria

gematria

n.

1680s, from Hebrew gematriya, from Greek geometria (see geometry). "[E]xplanation of the sense of a word by substituting for it another word, so that the numerical value of the letters constituting either word is identical" [Klein].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper