psephology

[ see-fol-uh-jee ]
/ siˈfɒl ə dʒi /

noun

the study of elections.

Nearby words

  1. psec,
  2. psellism,
  3. psephite,
  4. psephocracy,
  5. psephologist,
  6. psephomancy,
  7. pseud,
  8. pseud-,
  9. pseud.,
  10. pseudagraphia

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

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British Dictionary definitions for psephology

psephology

/ (sɛˈfɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

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

psephology

n.

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

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