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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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • He was a pioneer in the fields of patrology and of biblical archaeology.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 3


  • Associated words: patristic, patristics, patrology, patrist.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

  • For the ancient period, cf. the works on Greek patrology (under article Fathers of the Church).

British Dictionary definitions for patrology


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

Word Origin

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