astrology

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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)

  1. Divination about human affairs or natural phenomena from the relative positions of celestial bodies. [from 14th c.]
    • c. 1390, Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, Harleian manuscript:
      a pore scoler / had lerned art but al his fantasye / was torned for to lerne astrologye […].
    • 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.

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