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numerology

[noo-muh-rol-uh-jee, nyoo-]
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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  • You meet quite a few people in the theater who are bats on numerology, they use it to pick stage-names.

    No Great Magic

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • In the study of Numerology we find there are seven principal numbers that indicate what influences prevail in your life.


British Dictionary definitions for numerology

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 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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