Etymology
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hermeneutic (adj.)
"interpretive," 1670s, from Latinized form of Greek hermeneutikos "of or for interpreting," from hermeneutes "interpreter," from hermeneuein "to interpret (foreign languages); interpret into words, give utterance to," a word of unknown origin (formerly considered ultimately a derivative of Hermes, as the tutelary divinity of speech, writing, and eloquence).
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hermeneutical (adj.)
1798, from hermeneutic + -al (1). Related: Hermeneutically.
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hermeneutics (n.)
"art of interpretation, the study of exegesis," 1737, from hermeneutic; also see -ics.
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