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  1. the historical analysis and interpretive study of symbols or images and their contextual significance; iconography.
  2. the study of icons or symbolic representations.
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Origin of iconology

First recorded in 1720–30; icono- + -logy
Related formsi·con·o·log·i·cal [ahy-kon-l-oj-i-kuh l, ahy-kuh-nl-] /aɪˌkɒn lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌaɪ kə nl-/, adjectivei·co·nol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for iconology

Historical Examples

  • In the Lincoln iconology, his pictures before and after the whiskers is a distinction.

    The Lincoln Story Book

    Henry L. Williams

  • Iconology, ī-kon-ol′o-ji, n. the doctrine of images, especially with reference to worship.

  • A whole science arose out of these symbols and emblems: Iconology, which differs only in form from mythology.

    A Manual of the Historical Development of Art

    G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi

British Dictionary definitions for iconology


  1. the study or field of art history concerning icons
  2. icons collectively
  3. the symbolic representation or symbolism of icons
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Derived Formsiconological (aɪˌkɒnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveiconologist, noun
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