From French sociologie, coined by Auguste Comte in 1834, itself a combination of Latin socius (“companion, fellowship”) and the Greek suffix Ancient Greek -λογία (-logía), itself from Ancient Greek λόγος (lógos, “word, knowledge”).
Previous mentions of the field in English usually referred to it as social physics.
sociology (plural sociologies)
- A social science that studies society, human social interaction, patterns of social relationships, and the interactions of culture. Through both theory and applied research, it engages subject matters across a range of microanalysis, mesoanalysis, and macroanalysis.
- See also Thesaurus:sociology
- "sociology" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 295.