theo·​log·​i·​cal ˌthē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce theological (audio)
variants or less commonly theologic
: of or relating to theology
: preparing for a religious vocation
a theological student
theologically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But for the Kuvtuns, huddled in their diminished home outside Kyiv, such lofty theological and political questions are secondary to more immediate concerns. Matt Bradley, NBC News, 6 Jan. 2023 The story of Herod’s atrocity displays essential theological truths. Adam M. Carrington, National Review, 28 Dec. 2022 An intellectual who wrote several theological works, Benedict is considered conservative in his religious and social views. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, 28 Dec. 2022 The narration therefore registers as omniscient in both a literary and theological sense—a voice of a merciless God, speaking in tones and language meant for his own purposes and not for ours. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 5 Dec. 2022 Christianity, as other scholars would argue, is the ultimate culprit, imposing conceptions about the proper behavior of both sexes derived from long-standing theological doctrine. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2023 Lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened in Russia, according to Cyril Hovorun, an Orthodox monk and former private secretary and theological counselor to Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church. WSJ, 4 Jan. 2023 The theological fracture within the country's largest mainline Methodist denomination has grown more contentious as a church conference in Georgia has temporarily blocked churches from disaffiliating. Jon Brown, Fox News, 3 Jan. 2023 British authorities accused him of wanting to create a theological state in the Malawian highlands in the aftermath of the rebellion. Zenger News, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of theological was in the 15th century

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“Theological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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