philology

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n philology the humanistic study of language and literature
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Philology A treatise on the science of language.
    • Philology Criticism; grammatical learning.
    • Philology 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n philology The love or the study of learning and literature; the investigation of a language and its literature, or of languages and literatures, for the light they cast upon men's character, activity, and history. The word is sometimes used more especially of the study of literary and other records, as distinguished from that of language, which is called linguistics; often, on the other haud, of the study of language or of languages. See quotation under comparative philology, below.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Philology fi-lol′ō-ji the science of language: the study of etymology, grammar, rhetoric, and literary criticism:
    • n Philology fi-lol′ō-ji (orig.) the knowledge which enabled men to study and explain the classical languages of Greece and Rome
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. philologia, love of learning, interpretation, philology, Gr. : cf. F. philologie,. See Philologer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. philologiaphilologos, fond of words—philos, loving, logos, discourse.

Usage

In literature:

Thunor, the same word as our modern English thunder, was practically, though not philologically, the Anglo-Saxon representative of Zeus.
"Early Britain" by Grant Allen
The labor of three generations of scholars has been expended upon philology, the most ancient monument of mankind.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
He was the author of a very large number of books on philology and folklore.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Polite Literature and Philology; VIII.
"Three Centuries of a City Library an Historical and Descriptive Account of the Norwich Public Library Established in 1608 and the present Public Library opened in 1857" by George A. Stephen
He was brought up by his uncle in Leiden, and afterwards studied law and philology under C.A.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
The latter shared Patteson's taste for philology, and had a wide knowledge of Melanesian dialects.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
I much question whether philology, or the passion for languages, requires so little of an apology as the love for horses.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
He seems to have had a liberal early education in philosophy and in philology and literature.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
But surely you don't maintain that philology, which only affects us just now, is an exact science.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
This is the best thing philosophic and philologic unbelief has to offer, the most rational account it has to give in the year 1864.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864" by Various
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In poetry:

The Citizen will take his share
(In every sense) as bull and bear;
Nor need this oral ditty
Invoke the philologic pen
To show you that a Citizen
Means Something in the City.
"Songs Of Education: IV. Citizenship" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

A key moment in Nietzsche 's life was his promotion, at age 24, to the position of professor of classical philology at Basel University.
Elliott Evans has been awarded a fellowship from Indiana University and is beginning his PhD program in Germanic studies and philology this fall.
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In science:

On the number of terminal vertices in certain random trees with an application to stemma construction in philology. J.
Large deviations for the leaves in some random trees
Philologically the convergence in the source space must be cautious as the convergence in the target space could be respecting.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
Philologically the convergence in the source space must be wasting, as the convergence in the target space could be creating.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
Philologically the convergence in a source space must be hiding, as the convergence in a target space could be lavishing.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
Oxford: Philological Society (1957). Reprinted in F.R. Palmer (ed.), Selected Papers of J.R.
Mining the Web for Synonyms: PMI-IR versus LSA on TOEFL
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