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iconology

[ ahy-kuh-nol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌaɪ kəˈnɒl ə dʒi /
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noun
the historical analysis and interpretive study of symbols or images and their contextual significance; iconography.
the study of icons or symbolic representations.
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Origin of iconology

First recorded in 1720–30; icono- + -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM iconology

i·con·o·log·i·cal [ahy-kon-l-oj-i-kuhl, ahy-kuh-nl-], /aɪˌkɒn lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌaɪ kə nl-/, adjectivei·co·nol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for iconology

iconology
/ (ˌaɪkɒˈnɒlədʒɪ) /

noun
the study or field of art history concerning icons
icons collectively
the symbolic representation or symbolism of icons

Derived forms of iconology

iconological (aɪˌkɒnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveiconologist, noun
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