From Middle English theologie, from Middle French theologie, from Old French theologie, from Latin theologia, from Koine Greek θεολογία (theología), from θεολόγος (theológos, adjective), from θεός (theós) + λόγος (lógos). Surface analysis is theo- +‎ -logy.[1][2][3][4]


  • enPR: thē-ŏl'ə-jē, IPA(key): /θi.ˈɒ.lə.dʒi/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒlədʒi


theology (usually uncountable, plural theologies)

  1. (uncountable) The study of God, a god, or gods; and of the truthfulness of religion in general.
  2. (countable) An organized method of interpreting spiritual works and beliefs into practical form.
  3. (uncountable, computing, slang) Subjective marginal details.
    • 1986 December 9, Seymour, Jim, “In plain English”, in PC Mag[1], volume 5, number 21, Ziff Davis, ISSN 0888-8507, page 96:
      While those folks are caught up in theological arguments about LISP versus PROLOG, []
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:theology.


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  1. ^ theologie” in the Dictionnaires d’autrefois
  2. ^ theologie”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
  3. ^ Walter W. Skeat, editor (1910), “Theology”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, new edition, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, OCLC 582746570, page 640.
  4. ^ theology, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 2015-03-19.