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 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 There was a sense of upward mobility in a country once trapped by an economically disastrous mix of socialism and numerology, which gave preferential treatment to a former junta chief’s favorite digit. New York Times, "‘She Just Fell Down. And She Died.’," 4 Apr. 2021 There was a sense of upward mobility in a country once trapped by an economically disastrous mix of socialism and numerology, which gave preferential treatment to a former junta chief’s favorite digit. BostonGlobe.com, "‘She just fell down. And she died.’," 4 Apr. 2021 Specifically in numerology, 2021 appears to be giving us new, positive vibes. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "What 2021 Means In Numerology," 30 Dec. 2020 Chara as a Capital: 77 percent (fans of both hockey and numerology would see Bourque connections there). Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "The next to wear the “C” for Bruins: Patrice Bergeron the A+ choice," 2 Jan. 2021 This weekend marks the twelfth day of the twelfth month of the year, and in numerology and spirituality, that's kind of a big deal. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Why This 12/12 Is Generating So Much Buzz," 11 Dec. 2020 Customized scents are designed using astrology, numerology and tarot to appeal to the individual spirit. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, "19 gifts for the astrology-obsessed person in your life," 10 Dec. 2020 There are theories that the name is made up of roman numerals which equate to a satanic symbol based on numerology, but that theory has not been proven. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Disintegrations, DOS, & Jness: The NXIVM Vocabulary You Need To Follow HBO’s The Vow," 22 Oct. 2020 There are theories that the name is made up of roman numerals which equate to a satanic symbol based on numerology, but that theory has not been proven. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Disintegrations, DOS, & Jness: The NXIVM Vocabulary You Need To Follow HBO’s The Vow," 22 Oct. 2020

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Numerology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/numerology. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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