numerology


nu·mer·ol·o·gy

noun \ˌnü-mə-ˈrä-lə-jē, ˌnyü-\

Definition of NUMEROLOGY

:  the study of the occult significance of numbers
nu·mer·o·log·i·cal \-mə-rə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
nu·mer·ol·o·gist \-mə-ˈrä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin of NUMEROLOGY

Latin numerus + English -o- + -logy
First Known Use: 1911

numerology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Use of numbers to interpret a person's character or divine the future. It is based on the assertion by Pythagoras that all things can be expressed in numerical terms because they are ultimately reducible to numbers. Using a method analogous to that of the Greek and Hebrew alphabets (in which each letter also represented a number), modern numerology attaches a series of digits to an inquirer's name and uses these, along with the date of birth, to reveal the person's true nature and prospects.

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