numerology

noun
nu·mer·ol·o·gy | \ ˌnü-mə-ˈrä-lə-jē , 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, ˌnyü- \ adjective
numerologist \ˌnü-mə-ˈrä-lə-jist, 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.

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Last Monday, in a heartfelt post on Instagram, Justin Bieber declared his love and commitment to Hailey Baldwin — and, in the process, also proved his quasi-proficiency in numerology. refinery29.com, "Justin Bieber's Engagement Announcement Features A Low-Key Numerology Flex," 10 July 2018 According to the practice of numerology, which ascribes certain symbols and meanings to each single-digit number, the number seven is, indeed, quite significant. refinery29.com, "Justin Bieber's Engagement Announcement Features A Low-Key Numerology Flex," 10 July 2018 Mr Lynch betrays an affinity for spirituality, numerology, conspiracy theories and fate. The Economist, "David Lynch’s memoir illuminates the origins of his art," 14 June 2018 This year, guests pre-booked their skin regimen classes, shoulder massages and numerology readings on a bespoke app ahead of time. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Gwyneth Paltrow brings aerial yoga, trans talks and cryofacials to Goop health conference," 10 June 2018 Even larger than the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven was designed and laid out in strict accordance with ancient cosmology and numerology to reinforce the legitimacy of the emperor's divine ordination. Mei Zhang, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to China," 5 Oct. 2016 Despite its reputation, seven isn't a lucky number in numerology. refinery29.com, "If You Think The Number 7 Is Lucky, Wait Until You Hear The New Beach House Album," 11 May 2018 Last autumn, Meade’s disputed numerology predicted that Earth would encounter a (hypothetical) rogue planet called Nibiru on September 23, 2017. National Geographic, "No, the World Will Not End on April 23," 13 Apr. 2018 In numerology, 444 resonates very highly in building solid foundations. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Australian Label is the Key to the New Model-Off-Duty Look," 21 Mar. 2018

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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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