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

Other Words from numerology

numerological \ ˌnü-​mə-​rə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce numerology (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \ adjective
numerologist \ ˌnü-​mə-​ˈrä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce numerology (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 numerology, the number 222 is different from 2222. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 3 June 2022 The question is, why did Beck use that particular numerology? Chris Smith, BGR, 13 May 2022 People with an interest in numerology might also be interested in finding their life path number. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, 2 May 2022 Enlarge / Illustration summarizing the way in which the numerology of sarsen elements at Stonehenge combine to create a perpetual solar calendar. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 8 Mar. 2022 Many fans forecasted that this pair of numerology enthusiasts — who appeared in public as helmeted robots — would do something special a year from the breakup date. Katie Bain, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2022 Assessing the extent of numerology’s popularity is difficult, but the belief that certain numbers are good or bad is common. Barry Markovsky University Of South Carolina, orlandosentinel.com, 22 Feb. 2022 Kanye West has announced a once-a-century, numerology-pleasing release date for his Donda 2: Feb. 2, or 2.22.22. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 27 Jan. 2022 Both humor and sensitivity became part of his storytelling, along with mathematics and numerology. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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15 Jun 2022

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“Numerology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/numerology. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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