cos·​mog·​o·​ny | \ käz-ˈmä-gə-nē How to pronounce cosmogony (audio) \
plural cosmogonies

Definition of cosmogony

1 : a theory of the origin of the universe
2 : the creation or origin of the world or universe

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Other Words from cosmogony

cosmogonic \ ˌkäz-​mə-​ˈgä-​nik How to pronounce cosmogonic (audio) \ or cosmogonical \ ˌkäz-​mə-​ˈgä-​ni-​kəl How to pronounce cosmogonical (audio) \ adjective
cosmogonist \ käz-​ˈmä-​gə-​nist How to pronounce cosmogonist (audio) \ noun

Examples of cosmogony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Night and Day," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of cosmogony

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cosmogony

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

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The first known use of cosmogony was in 1696

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18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cosmogony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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