[ thee-ol-uh-jee ]
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noun,plural the·ol·o·gies.
  1. the field of study and analysis that treats of God and of God's attributes and relations to the universe; study of divine things or religious truth; divinity.

  2. a particular form, system, branch, or course of this study.

Origin of theology

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English theologie, from Old French, from Late Latin theologia, from Greek theología; equivalent to theo- + -logy

Other words from theology

  • an·ti·the·ol·o·gy, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for theology


/ (θɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

nounplural -gies
  1. the systematic study of the existence and nature of the divine and its relationship to and influence upon other beings

  2. a specific branch of this study, undertaken from the perspective of a particular group: feminist theology

  1. the systematic study of Christian revelation concerning God's nature and purpose, esp through the teaching of the Church

  2. a specific system, form, or branch of this study, esp for those preparing for the ministry or priesthood

Origin of theology

C14: from Late Latin theologia, from Latin; see theo-, -logy

Derived forms of theology

  • theologist, noun

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Cultural definitions for theology


The disciplined study of religious questions, such as the nature of God, sin, and salvation (see also salvation).

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