- the science of interpretation, especially of the Scriptures.
- the branch of theology that deals with the principles of Biblical exegesis.
Origin of hermeneutics
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Examples from the Web for hermeneutics
This is a question, as the Germans express it, of hermeneutics.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive
John Stuart Mill
The hermeneutics of gems are uncertain, and founded on mere fanciful resemblances, on the harmonies of ideas hard to assimilate.The Cathedral
It is no longer a question of hermeneutics, no longer a struggle between abstruse dogmas of rival churches.
Such a right he could never have derived from humanity, or philosophy, or hermeneutics.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus
American Anti-Slavery Society
The history of hermeneutics in all times shows that there is but one step from the literal to the allegorical.
- the science of interpretation, esp of Scripture
- the branch of theology that deals with the principles and methodology of exegesis
- the study and interpretation of human behaviour and social institutions
- (in existentialist thought) discussion of the purpose of life
C18: from Greek hermēneutikos expert in interpretation, from hermēneuein to interpret, from hermēneus interpreter, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hermeneutics
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