her·​me·​neu·​tic | \ ˌhər-mə-ˈnü-tik How to pronounce hermeneutic (audio) , -ˈnyü-\

Definition of hermeneutic

1 hermeneutics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the study of the methodological principles of interpretation (as of the Bible)
2 : a method or principle of interpretation a philosophical hermeneutic

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Some certainly are rooted in history, but figuring that out is the work of hermeneutics. Emily Mcfarlan Miller, Washington Post, "Ever-evolving influence of a ‘Bible nerd’-turned author," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of hermeneutic

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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