or her·me·neu·ti·cal

[hur-muh-noo-tik or hur-muh-noo-ti-kuh l; -nyoo-]
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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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  1. of or relating to the interpretation of Scripture; using or relating to hermeneutics
  2. interpretive
Derived Formshermeneutically, adverbhermeneutist, noun
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Word Origin and History for hermeneutical

1798, from hermeneutic + -al (1). Related: Hermeneutically.



"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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