numerology

noun

nu·​mer·​ol·​o·​gy ˌnü-mə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce numerology (audio)
ˌnyü-
: the study of the occult significance of numbers
numerological adjective
numerologist 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 The hints had been building, but a major indication was that the date was 8/9 — and Swift loves using numerology to drop clues about her work. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2023 In numerology, angel numbers are a repetitive sequence of three or four numbers that appear in seemingly random places in your life to convey a spiritual or divine message. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, 2 May 2022 In numerology, 4 represents foundation, structure and responsibility. Alexandra E. Petri, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2023 And she's got good reason to believe in numerology: besides her birthdate, Swift has noted how her first album went gold in 13 weeks and her first No. 1 song had a 13-second introduction. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2023 Using numerology, tarot and astrology, each candle is personalized to the receiver, down to a signature scent. Cailey Lindberg, Good Housekeeping, 25 Aug. 2023 Practitioners of astrology and numerology often express that there are no coincidences. Naydeline Mejia, Women's Health, 7 Aug. 2023 Grace’s company has been selected as one of the top 30 numerology blogs. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2023 Grace is actively writing about astrology and numerology in addition to her divination work. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin numerus number entry 1+ -o- + -logy

First Known Use

circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of numerology was circa 1907

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“Numerology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/numerology. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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