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linguistics (n.)

"the science of languages," 1847; see linguistic; also see -ics. Also known as comparative philology (1822). An earlier word for it was linguistry (1794); logonomy (1803) also was tried.

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Definitions of linguistics from WordNet

linguistics (n.)
the scientific study of language;
linguistics (n.)
the humanistic study of language and literature;
Synonyms: philology
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