numerology

noun
nu·​mer·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌnü-mə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce numerology (audio) , ˌnyü- \

Definition of numerology

: the study of the occult significance of numbers

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Other Words from numerology

numerological \ ˌnü-​mə-​rə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce numerological (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \ adjective
numerologist \ ˌnü-​mə-​ˈrä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce numerologist (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \ noun

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As an element of astrology and fortune-telling, numerology has long been employed to predict future events. For many early Christians, 3 represented the Trinity, 6 represented earthly perfection, and 7 represented heavenly perfection; and still today, many of us like to group things into sets of 3 or 7, for no particular reason. Numerology has also been used to interpret personality; in particular, numerologists may assign numbers to each letter of a person's name and use the resulting figures, along with the person's date of birth, as a guide to his or her character.

Examples of numerology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In response, Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, on Monday responded with his own numerology. Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times, "Khamenei Wants to Put Iran’s Stamp on Reprisal for U.S. Killing of Top General," 6 Jan. 2020 In response, Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, on Monday offered his own numerology. David D. Kirkpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Tears from ayatollah as Iran mourns dead general," 6 Jan. 2020 For those who practice both astrology and numerology, there's even more significance. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "What 2020 Means In Numerology," 3 Jan. 2020 Fans of numerology may equate the timing to harmony and completion as the decade comes to a close. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "The final full moon of the decade will light up the sky at 12:12 a.m. on 12/12," 11 Dec. 2019 The last full moon of the decade will occur tonight at precisely 10:12 p.m. Denver time which, for folks into numerology on the East Coast, will be noted there as 12:12 a.m. on 12/12 (as in Dec. 12). John Meyer, The Know, "The weather’s perfect for gazing at the last full moon of the decade tonight," 11 Dec. 2019 The paper, a slim five pages, focuses on the use of digital root analysis (a type of calculation that has been used in occult numerology) to rapidly identify prime numbers and a sort of multiplication table for factoring primes. Wired, "Alleged 'Snake Oil' Crypto Firm Sues Over Boos at Black Hat," 24 Aug. 2019 The paper, a slim five pages, focuses on the use of digital root analysis (a type of calculation that has been used in occult numerology) to rapidly identify prime numbers and a sort of multiplication table for factoring primes. Wired, "Alleged 'Snake Oil' Crypto Firm Sues Over Boos at Black Hat," 24 Aug. 2019 The paper, a slim five pages, focuses on the use of digital root analysis (a type of calculation that has been used in occult numerology) to rapidly identify prime numbers and a sort of multiplication table for factoring primes. Wired, "Alleged 'Snake Oil' Crypto Firm Sues Over Boos at Black Hat," 24 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of numerology

circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for numerology

Latin numerus + English -o- + -logy

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The first known use of numerology was circa 1907

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5 Feb 2020

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“Numerology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/numerology. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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