[ see-fol-uh-jee ]
/ siˈfɒl ə dʒi /
the study of elections.
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Origin of psephology
1950–55; <Greek psêpho(s) pebble + -logy; so called from the Athenian custom of casting votes by means of pebbles
OTHER WORDS FROM psephologypse·pho·log·i·cal [‐fuh-loj-i-kuhl], /‐fəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivepse·phol·o·gist, noun
Words nearby psephology
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British Dictionary definitions for psephology
/ (sɛˈfɒlədʒɪ) /
the statistical and sociological study of elections
Derived forms of psephologypsephological (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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