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gematria

[guh-mey-tree-uh]
noun
  1. a cabbalistic system of interpretation of the Scriptures by substituting for a particular word another word whose letters give the same numerical sum.
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Origin of gematria

1685–95; < Hebrew gēmaṭriyā < Greek geōmetría geometry
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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].

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