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.

Nearby words

  1. iconoclastic,
  2. iconograph,
  3. iconographic,
  4. iconography,
  5. iconolatry,
  6. iconomatic,
  7. iconophile,
  8. iconoscope,
  9. iconostasis,
  10. icosahedron

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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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 Formsiconological (aɪˌkɒnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveiconologist, noun

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