[ puh-trol-uh-jee ]
/ pəˈtrɒl ə dʒi /

noun, plural pa·trol·o·gies.

Also called patristics. the branch of theology dealing with the teachings of the church fathers.
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 forms

pat·ro·log·ic [pa-truh-loj-ik] /ˌpæ trəˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, pat·ro·log·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for patrology


/ (pəˈtrɒlədʒɪ) /


the study of the writings of the Fathers of the Church
a collection of such writings

Derived Forms

patrological (ˌpætrəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepatrologist, noun

Word Origin for patrology

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