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Meaning of PHILOLOGY

Pronunciation:  'filâlujee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the humanistic study of language and literature

PHILOLOGY is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: linguistics
 See Also: arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Phi*lol"o*gy\, n. [L. philologia love of learning,
interpretation, philology, Gr. ?: cf. F. philologie. See
1. Criticism; grammatical learning. [R.] --Johnson.

2. The study of language, especially in a philosophical
   manner and as a science; the investigation of the laws of
   human speech, the relation of different tongues to one
   another, and historical development of languages;
   linguistic science.

Note: Philology comprehends a knowledge of the etymology, or
      origin and combination of words; grammar, the
      construction of sentences, or use of words in language;
      criticism, the interpretation of authors, the
      affinities of different languages, and whatever relates
      to the history or present state of languages. It
      sometimes includes rhetoric, poetry, history, and

3. A treatise on the science of language.

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