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numerology

[noo-muh-rol-uh-jee, nyoo-]
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noun
  1. the study of numbers, as the figures designating the year of one's birth, to determine their supposed influence on one's life, future, etc.
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Origin of numerology

1910–15; < Latin numer(us) number + -o- + -logy
Related formsnu·mer·o·log·i·cal [noo-mer-uh-loj-i-kuh l, nyoo-] /ˌnu mər əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌnyu-/, adjectivenu·mer·ol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for numerologists

numerology

noun
  1. the study of numbers, such as the figures in a birth date, and of their supposed influence on human affairs
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Derived Formsnumerological (ˌnjuːmərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivenumerologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for numerologists

numerology

n.

1911, "study of the occult meaning of numbers," a hybrid from Latin numerus "a number" (see number (n.)) + Greek -logia (see -logy). A correct formation would be arithmology, from Greek arithmos "number." Related: Numerological; numerologist.

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