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.

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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