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Etymology vs. Philology

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Main Difference

The main difference between Etymology and Philology is that the Etymology is a study of the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time and Philology is a study of language in written historical sources

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  • Etymology (noun)

    The study of the historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words.

  • Etymology (noun)

    An account of the origin and historical development of a word.

  • Philology (noun)

    The humanistic study of historical linguistics.

  • Philology (noun)

    Love and study of learning and literature, broadly speaking.Brown, Lesley. The New shorter Oxford English dictionary on historical principles pub. Clarendon Oxford 1993 isbn0-19-861271-0

  • Philology (noun)

    Scholarship and culture, particularly classical, literary and linguistic.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Etymology (noun)

    That branch of philological science which treats of the history of words, tracing out their origin, primitive significance, and changes of form and meaning.

  • Etymology (noun)

    That part of grammar which relates to the changes in the form of the words in a language; inflection.

  • Philology (noun)

    Criticism; grammatical learning.

  • Philology (noun)

    The study of language, especially in a philosophical manner and as a science; the investigation of the laws of human speech, the relation of different tongues to one another, and historical development of languages; linguistic science.

  • Philology (noun)

    A treatise on the science of language.

Webster Dictionary
  • Etymology (noun)

    a history of a word

  • Etymology (noun)

    the study of the sources and development of words

  • Philology (noun)

    the humanistic study of language and literature

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