[ see-fol-uh-jee ]
/ siˈfɒl ə dʒi /


the study of elections.

Origin of psephology

1950–55; < Greek psêpho(s) pebble + -logy; so called from the Athenian custom of casting votes by means of pebbles
Related formspse·pho·log·i·cal [‐fuh-loj-i-kuh l] /‐fəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivepse·phol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for psephology


/ (sɛˈfɒlədʒɪ) /


the statistical and sociological study of elections
Derived Formspsephological (ˌsɛfəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepsephologically, adverbpsephologist, noun

Word Origin for psephology

C20: from Greek psephos pebble, vote + -logy, from the ancient Greeks' custom of voting with pebbles
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Word Origin and History for psephology



"study of elections," 1952, from Greek psephizein "to vote" (properly "to vote with pebbles," from psephos "pebble") + -logy.

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