Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind.
  • n. A belief or a doctrine concerning the ultimate or final things, such as death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming, or the Last Judgment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. System of doctrines concerning final matters, such as death.
  • n. The study of the end times — the end of the world, notably in Christian theology the second coming of Christ, the Apocalypse or the Last Judgment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine of the last or final things, as death, judgment, and the events therewith connected.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In theology, the doctrine of the last or of final things; that branch of theology which treats of the end of the world and man's condition or state after death.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of theology that is concerned with such final things as death and Last Judgment; Heaven and Hell; the ultimate destiny of humankind

Etymologies

Greek eskhatos, last; see eghs in Indo-European roots + -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἔσχατον (eskhaton) -neuter of ἔσχατος (eskhatos, "last")- + -logy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The study of last things is called eschatology from the Greek word eschatos, meaning "the last or extreme."

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  • The unfortunate fact of this sort of eschatology is that it encourages us to withdraw from the world — to become, in Carl Henry’s words, world-resisters rather than world-changers, a generation of enlightened spectators rather than empowered ambassadors.

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  • This is what's called eschatology — a belief, or psychology, that we are approaching the End Time.

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  • In Sunday School today, we talked about conceptions and misconceptions relating to the eschatology, that is the study of things related to the end.

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  • This somewhat overheated "living-in-the-last-days" mentality is, however, vociferously opposed by another school of conservative Christian eschatology, which is called postmillennialism.

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  • the study of "final things" like death and the end of the world.

    March 6, 2007