cosmogony

noun

cos·​mog·​o·​ny käz-ˈmä-gə-nē How to pronounce cosmogony (audio)
plural cosmogonies
1
: a theory of the origin of the universe
2
: the creation or origin of the world or universe
cosmogonic adjective
or cosmogonical
cosmogonist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Giving up the memory practice, Jacob moved on to enumeration: listing, between turns at Risk, each reliable aspect of their new lives, no matter how trivial, hoping to piece together some rough cosmogony of the place. Zach Williams, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 Joe Biden is a devout Catholic, yet the shape of his speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination at its virtual convention was based on the cosmogony of one of Christianity’s great early rivals, Manichaeanism. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 Joe Biden is a devout Catholic, yet the shape of his speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination at its virtual convention was based on the cosmogony of one of Christianity’s great early rivals, Manichaeanism. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 Joe Biden is a devout Catholic, yet the shape of his speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination at its virtual convention was based on the cosmogony of one of Christianity’s great early rivals, Manichaeanism. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 Joe Biden is a devout Catholic, yet the shape of his speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination at its virtual convention was based on the cosmogony of one of Christianity’s great early rivals, Manichaeanism. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 Joe Biden is a devout Catholic, yet the shape of his speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination at its virtual convention was based on the cosmogony of one of Christianity’s great early rivals, Manichaeanism. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 Joe Biden is a devout Catholic, yet the shape of his speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination at its virtual convention was based on the cosmogony of one of Christianity’s great early rivals, Manichaeanism. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 Joe Biden is a devout Catholic, yet the shape of his speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination at its virtual convention was based on the cosmogony of one of Christianity’s great early rivals, Manichaeanism. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin cosmogonia, from Greek kosmogonia, from kosmos + gonos offspring; akin to Greek genos race — more at kin

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cosmogony was in 1696

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Cite this Entry

“Cosmogony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cosmogony. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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