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[hahy-uh-rol-uh-jee, hahy-rol-]
  1. literature or learning regarding sacred things.
  2. hagiological literature or learning.
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Origin of hierology

First recorded in 1830–40; hiero- + -logy
Related formshi·er·o·log·ic [hahy-er-uh-loj-ik, hahy-ruh-] /ˌhaɪ ər əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, ˌhaɪ rə-/, hi·er·o·log·i·cal, adjectivehi·er·ol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for hierology

Historical Examples of hierology

  • Hierology, hī-ėr-ol′o-ji, n. the science of sacred matters, esp.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • The best critical writers on ancient history have agreed not to throw away the cosmogony and the hierology of Greece.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • In the Nichiren hierology, it is as though the symbolical figures in the Book of Revelation had been deified and worshipped.

    The Religions of Japan

    William Elliot Griffis

British Dictionary definitions for hierology


noun plural -gies
  1. sacred literature
  2. a biography of a saint
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Derived Formshierologic (ˌhaɪərəˈlɒdʒɪk) or hierological, adjectivehierologist, noun
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