Definition of Philology

1. Noun. The humanistic study of language and literature.

Exact synonyms: Linguistics
Generic synonyms: Arts, Humanistic Discipline, Humanities, Liberal Arts
Specialized synonyms: Dialectology, Lexicology
Derivative terms: Linguist, Linguistic, Philological, Philologist



Definition of Philology

1. n. Criticism; grammatical learning.

Definition of Philology

1. Noun. (linguistics) The humanistic study of historical linguistics. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Philology

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Medical Definition of Philology

1. 1. Criticism; grammatical learning. 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. 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 antiquities. 3. A treatise on the science of language. Origin: L. Philologia love of learning, interpretation, philology, Gr., cf. F. Philologie. See Philologer. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Philology

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1. Classical Studies: Essays on Ancient Literature and Art, with the Biography by Barnas Sears, Bela Bates Edwards, Cornelius Conway Felton (1849)
"Heyne and Winckelmann are the two individuals who have contributed most to the formation of the present character of German philology, and who, therefore, ..."

2. The New Cratylus by John William Donaldson (1868)
"I. philology necessary to education. Definition of philology. 4 Liberal and professional education. 5 philology contributes to liberal education by teaching ..."

3. Discoveries in Hebrew, Gaelic, Gothic, Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Basque and Other by Allison Emery Drake, 1860-, Allison Emery Drake (1907)
"As might be conjectured, Biblical scholars did not accept without protest the imposition of these revolutionary doctrines of the new philology. ..."

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