or her·me·neu·ti·cal

[ hur-muh-noo-tik or hur-muh-noo-ti-kuh l; -nyoo- ]
/ ˌhɜr məˈnu tɪk or hɜr məˈnu tɪ kəl; -ˈnyu- /


of or relating to hermeneutics; interpretative; explanatory.

Nearby words

  1. hermaphrodite rig,
  2. hermaphroditic,
  3. hermaphroditism,
  4. hermaphroditus,
  5. hermatype,
  6. hermeneutical,
  7. hermeneutics,
  8. hermes,
  9. hermes trismegistus,
  10. hermetic

Origin of hermeneutic

1800–10; < Greek hermēneutikós of, skilled in, interpreting, equivalent to hermēneú(ein) to make clear, interpret (derivative of hermēneús an interpreter, itself derivative of Hermês Hermes) + -tikos -tic

Related formsher·me·neu·ti·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for hermeneutic



/ (ˌhɜːmɪˈnjuːtɪk) /


of or relating to the interpretation of Scripture; using or relating to hermeneutics
Derived Formshermeneutically, adverbhermeneutist, noun

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Word Origin and History for hermeneutic



"interpretive," 1670s, from Greek hermeneutikos "interpreting," from hermeneutes "interpreter," from hermeneuein "to interpret," of unknown origin (formerly considered ultimately a derivative of Hermes, as the tutelary divinity of speech, writing, and eloquence).

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