-ology suffix indicating "branch of knowledge, science," now the usual form of -LOGY (Cf. -logy). Originally used c.1800 in nonce formations (commonsensology, etc.), it gained legitimacy by influence of the proper formation in geology, mythology, etc., where the -o- is a stem vowel in the previous element.

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  • Ology — Ol o*gy, n. [See { logy}.] A colloquial or humorous name for any science or branch of knowledge. [1913 Webster] He had a smattering of mechanics, of physiology, geology, mineralogy, and all other ologies whatsoever. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -ology — [äl′ə jē] [initial medial O + LOGY] combining form LOGY …   English World dictionary

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  • -ology — [[t] ɒ̱ləʤi[/t]] SUFFIX ology is used at the end of some nouns that refer to a particular science or subject, for example geology or sociology …   English dictionary

  • ology — /ol euh jee/, n., pl. ologies. Informal or facetious. any science or branch of knowledge. [1795 1805; extracted from words like BIOLOGY, GEOLOGY where the element LOGY is preceded by o ; see O ] * * * …   Universalium

  • ology — noun /ˈɒlədʒi,ˈɑlədʒi/ Any branch of learning, especially one ending in “ logy”. See Also: logy …   Wiktionary

  • -ology — See logia. * * * suffix see logy …   Medical dictionary

  • ology — Synonyms and related words: academic discipline, academic specialty, applied science, area, arena, art, concern, department of knowledge, discipline, domain, field, field of inquiry, field of study, natural science, province, pure science,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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