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 (hûr′mə-no͞o′tĭks, -nyo͞o′-)
n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
The theory and methodology of interpretation, especially of scriptural text.

her′me·neu′tist n.


n (functioning as singular)
1. (Bible) the science of interpretation, esp of Scripture
2. (Theology) the branch of theology that deals with the principles and methodology of exegesis
3. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. the study and interpretation of human behaviour and social institutions
b. (in existentialist thought) discussion of the purpose of life
[C18: from Greek hermēneutikos expert in interpretation, from hermēneuein to interpret, from hermēneus interpreter, of uncertain origin]


(ˌhɜr məˈnu tɪks, -ˈnyu-)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the art or science of interpretation, esp. of the Scriptures.
2. the branch of theology that deals with the principles of Biblical exegesis.


the science of interpretation and explanation, especially the branch of theology that deals with the general principles of Biblical interpretation. — hermeneut, hermeneutist, n.
See also: Bible


The study of the way in which we interpret and attempt to understand phenomena such as texts, works of art, actions, and gestures. Although originally part of philosophy, hermeneutics has had an important influence on sociology.
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Noun1.hermeneutics - the branch of theology that deals with principles of exegesis
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
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This process is called "reasoning" or perhaps "knowing," and it is the task of the hermeneutician to inquire about this process.
In contrast to a formalist a hermeneutician aims to interpret truths hidden in language.
And although influenced by these rich discourses, Agamben at this point breaks from the role of hermeneutician and seeks to set up a fresh ontological foundation for thinking through what is at issue with apparatuses in modern societies.
This text collects various writings and lectures by Paul Ricoeur, famed French hermeneutician and philosopher, on psychoanalysis.
is more than enough to make the most radical hermeneutician blush.
Sridhara is another shrewd hermeneutician who in course of his interpretation of BG, VP and Bhp tends to establish the supreme efficacy of Lord Krsna over others (krsnam vande jagad gurum).
all elements which could possibly have served as backing for a symbolic, structural, historical-geographic or other analysis (depending on the era and allegiances of the hermeneutician in question).
Diane Michelfelder & Richard Palmer, Introduction to Dialogue and Deconstruction, supra note 78, at 1, 7-9 (noting that it can be argued that Derrida is the supreme hermeneutician of the twentieth century, and Gadamer the ultimate deconstructionist).