astrology

noun as·trol·o·gy \ ə-ˈsträ-lə-jē \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of astrology

1 archaic : astronomy
2 : the divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs and terrestrial events by their positions and aspects

astrological

play \ˌas-trə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective

astrologically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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The Difference Between astronomy and astrology

Some may find it easy to confuse astronomy and astrology. At one time, these two words actually were synonymous (that is, astronomy once meant what astrology means today), but they have since moved apart from each other. In current use, astronomy is concerned with “the study of objects and matter outside the earth's atmosphere,” while astrology is the purported divination of how stars and planets influence our lives. Put bluntly, astronomy is a science, and astrology is not.

Origin and Etymology of astrology

Middle English astrologie, from Middle French, from Latin astrologia, from Greek, from astr- + -logia -logy


ASTROLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

astrology

Definition of astrology for English Language Learners

  • : the study of how the positions of the stars and movements of the planets have a supposed influence on events and on the lives and behavior of people


ASTROLOGY Defined for Kids

astrology

noun as·trol·o·gy \ ə-ˈsträ-lə-jē \

Definition of astrology for Students

: the study of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on people's lives and behavior


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