cosmology

1. (noun) The study of the origin and nature of the universe.

2. (noun) A set of beliefs that defines the origin and nature of the universe.

Example: Buddhist cosmology, Creationist cosmology, Jain cosmology.

3. (noun) A comprehensive theory of the origin, composition, dynamics, evolution, and structure of the universe as a system.

Example: The Big Bang Theory or the Steady-State Theory.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: cosmologies
  • Cosmology is known as the “Theory of Everything.”
  • A specific account or theory of the universe is called a cosmogony. Cosmogonies are typically in the form of a creation myth or scientific theory.
  • Derived from the Greek word for world or universe: kosmos.
  • A (noun) cosmologer or (noun) cosmologist studies (adjective) cosmologic or (adjective) cosmological topics (adverb) cosmologically.

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How to Cite the Definition of Cosmology

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “cosmology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/cosmology/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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