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Power Suffixes: -ology

August 16, 2019
Derived from the Greek suffix -logia, the suffix -ology in English means "the science of or the study of."
anthology
It's always just a line or two that I found from some poem in the gigantic poetry anthology my sophomore English teacher taught from.
anthropology
Treuer grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, part of the Ojibwe tribe, and then pursued a doctorate in anthropology, with an emphasis on past and present native life.
archaeology
“It wasn’t until we discovered this wreck that we realised Herodotus was right,” said Dr Damian Robinson, director of Oxford University’s centre for maritime archaeology, which is publishing the excavation’s findings.
biology
"Originally, at the start of year 12, I chose biology and chemistry because I wanted to do medicine," said Zoe.
ecology
“Therefore, there is an urgent need to study the ecology, distribution, and conservation status of this rare and very beautiful genus.”
entomology
“The study of insects is called ‘ entomology,’” Mrs. V said.
eschatology
What there is, apparently, is advanced-placement classes in eschatology, because Grizz is able to translate the graffitied words, an Aramaic phrase from the apocalyptic Book of Daniel: “The writing’s on the wall.”
etiology
The paper described the condition as “a real syndrome of uncertain etiology,” or cause.
etymology
The OED lists its etymology as “uncertain,” but it was apparently coined early in World War II by someone in the Royal Air Force.
geology
Since the earth is made up mostly of rocks, geology is mostly the study of rocks.
ideology
This, Winston was aware, was not meant altogether seriously, but somehow it fitted in with the general ideology of the Party.
meteorology
And this is the great principle on which the science of meteorology rests, not only as to winds, but as to weather changes.
methodology
North Lanarkshire Council questioned the methodology used to conduct the tests and said it was important to wait for the outcome of the review.
philology
Based on its preoccupation with matters linguistic and literary— in short, on philology—we might regard the Museum as the world’s first department of classics.
physiology
Anatomy made clear the machinery: physiology the work which it did, and the conditions under which the work was done.
sociology
“This society is unforgiving, relentless, and the competition is constant,” Andrew Eungi Kim, a sociology professor at Korea University, one of the country’s most elite schools, told me.
tautology
“A tautology is a repetition of the same sense in different words,” he said.
terminology
My Oxford dictionary defines “jargon” as “difficult to understand” terminology used by a progression or group.
theology
With the lay staff gone and only three elderly priests left on the faculty, education at St. Vincent de Paul Academy consisted mostly of theology, Latin, and church history.
zoology
The 23-week course includes weekly zoology lectures and behind-the-scenes visits to the animal exhibits.

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