from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The theory and methodology of interpretation, especially of scriptural text.
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- n. The study or theory of the methodical interpretation of text, especially holy texts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The science of interpretation and explanation; exegesis; esp., that branch of theology which defines the laws whereby the meaning of the Scriptures is to be ascertained.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art or science of interpretation or exegesis; also, the study of or instruction in the principles of exegesis: as, a professor of hermeneutics.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of theology that deals with principles of exegesis
From the Ancient Greek ἐρμηνεύς (ermeneus, "translator, interpreter"), from ἑρμηνεύω (ermeneuo, "translate, interpret"), from unknown origin. The term was introduced c.360 BC by Aristotle in his text Περὶ Ἑρμηνείας ("On Interpretation"). It is often suggested that the Greek word root is etymologically related to the name of the Greek mythological deity Hermes, but cognate to a corrupted composite borrowing from Hebrew Har [ha]Emet (Emes) referring to the Biblical Mount Sinai where Moses interpreted the Jewish Law (known as haEmes ("the Truth")) to the people. (Wiktionary)