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iconology

[ ahy-kuh-nol-uh-jee ]

noun

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


iconology

/ ˌaɪkɒˈnɒlədʒɪ; aɪˌkɒnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl /

noun

  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 Forms

  • iconological, adjective
  • ˌicoˈnologist, noun

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Other Words From

  • i·con·o·log·i·cal [ahy-kon-l-, oj, -i-k, uh, l, ahy-k, uh, -nl-], adjective
  • ico·nolo·gist noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of iconology1

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

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Example Sentences

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

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

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

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