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hermeneutic

or her·me·neu·ti·cal

[hur-muh-noo-tik or hur-muh-noo-ti-kuh l; -nyoo-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to hermeneutics; interpretative; explanatory.
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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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Related Words for hermeneutical

critical, demonstrative, explanatory, expository, illustrative, explicative, investigative, revealing

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Historical Examples of hermeneutical

  • These hermeneutical canons are much older than the Kabbalah.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6

    Various

  • And, indeed, such is the advanced state of hermeneutical knowledge, that we have little reason to fear it.


British Dictionary definitions for hermeneutical

hermeneutic

hermeneutical

adjective
  1. of or relating to the interpretation of Scripture; using or relating to hermeneutics
  2. interpretive
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Derived Formshermeneutically, adverbhermeneutist, noun
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Word Origin and History for hermeneutical

adj.

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

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hermeneutic

adj.

"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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