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astrology

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Define the meaning of the English word astrology below. Astrology is a noun. Also define these 3 related words and terms: divination, affair, and celestial body.

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From Middle French astrologie, and its source, Latin astrologia (astronomy), from Ancient Greek ἀστρολογία (astrología, telling of the stars), from ἄστρον (ástron, star, planet, or constellation) + -λογία (-logía, treating of), combination form of -λόγος (-lógos, one who speaks (in a certain manner)). Morphologically astro- +‎ -logy.

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astrology (usually uncountable, plural astrologies)

Acta eruditorum, 1716
  1. Divination about human affairs or natural phenomena from the relative positions of celestial bodies. [from 14th c.]
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 274:
      For if astronomy is the study of the movements of the heavens, then astrology is the study of the effects of those movements.
    • 2012, The Guardian, (headline), 7 Feb 2012:
      Followers of pseudosciences such as astrology often draw spurious parallels between their beliefs and established science.
    • 2018 January 18, Julie Beck, “The New Age of Astrology”, in The Atlantic[1]:
      In some ways, astrology is perfectly suited for the internet age. There’s a low barrier to entry, and nearly endless depths to plumb if you feel like falling down a Google research hole.
    • Affair definition
      Something which is done or is to be done; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public. (1 of 9 affair definitions)

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