the·​ol·​o·​gy thē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce theology (audio)
plural theologies
: the study of religious faith, practice, and experience
especially : the study of God and of God's relation to the world
: a theological theory or system
Thomist theology
a theology of atonement
: a distinctive body of theological opinion
Catholic theology
: a usually 4-year course of specialized religious training in a Roman Catholic major seminary

Examples of theology in a Sentence

He has an interest in theology and pastoral work. The bishop was opposed to the group's theology.
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Word History


Middle English theologie, from Anglo-French, from Latin theologia, from Greek, from the- + -logia -logy

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of theology was in the 14th century

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“Theology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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the·​ol·​o·​gy thē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce theology (audio)
plural theologies
: the study of religion
: a set of religious beliefs
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