patrology

[puh-trol-uh-jee]
noun, plural pa·trol·o·gies.
  1. Also called patristics. the branch of theology dealing with the teachings of the church fathers.
  2. a collection of the writings of the early church fathers.

Origin of patrology

From the New Latin word patrologia, dating back to 1590–1600. See patri-, -o-, -logy
Related formspat·ro·log·ic [pa-truh-loj-ik] /ˌpæ trəˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, pat·ro·log·i·cal, adjective
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patrology

noun
  1. the study of the writings of the Fathers of the Church
  2. a collection of such writings
Derived Formspatrological (ˌpætrəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepatrologist, noun

Word Origin for patrology

C17: from Greek patr-, patēr father + -logy
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