Definition of cosmogony in English:

cosmogony

Line breaks: cos|mog¦ony
Pronunciation: /kɒzˈmɒɡəni
 
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noun (plural cosmogonies)

[mass noun]
1The branch of science that deals with the origin of the universe, especially the solar system: today the central questions of cosmology and cosmogony are being explored within the framework of the Big Bang theory
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  • Numerous thinkers and works contributed to making astronomy and the related sciences of astrology and cosmogony a near-accurate system.
  • The religion of the Pilgrims did not seem to be much preoccupied with questions of cosmology and cosmogony.
  • There may be some valid info but it's more about cosmology, cosmogony, and mythology than on magic.
1.1 [count noun] A theory regarding the origin of the universe: in their cosmogony, the world was thought to be a square, flat surface
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  • The Hubble Constant is highlighted in the National Geographic article, and conventionally accepted cosmogonies are presented as proof for the old age of the Universe.
  • But for life to flourish - and on this point, too, all cosmogonies agree - there must be some place where all these things are reconnected.
  • A creation myth is a cosmogony, a story that describes the origins of the universe.

Origin

late 17th century: from Greek kosmogonia, from kosmos 'order or world' + -gonia '-begetting'.

Derivatives

cosmogonic

Pronunciation: /-məˈɡɒnɪk/
adjective
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  • This dynastic change, often dated between the seventh and eleventh centuries C.E., reverberates in one cosmogonic myth concerning a power tussle between two deities in the Yoruba pantheon.
  • This is partly derived from the African cosmogonic worldview, which presumes a symbiotic relationship between the living and nonliving and between humans and non-humans in the universe.
  • It must be noted that the Indian cosmogonic and astronomical systems, while developing independently of western systems, bear remarkable affinities with the latter.

cosmogonical

Pronunciation: /-məˈɡɒnɪk(ə)l/
adjective
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  • In the ‘Verses Addressed to Dr. Lawrence,’ for example, Johnson writes a delightful Ovidian-Lucretian cosmogonical poem, in which he allows himself to speculate on the origins and order of the natural world.
  • Typically, Johnson would have no time for the philosophical materialism or cosmogonical speculation of Epicurus, Lucretius, and their followers.
  • The hierarchy of the heavens is also an important cosmogonical influence on the family structure.

cosmogonist

noun
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  • Cosmologists study the present universe, while cosmogonists study the origin of the universe.
  • As such, they aid cosmogonists in trying to decipher how it all began.
  • Later cosmogonists discarded this theory mostly because it did not account for the greater angular momentum of the outer planets.

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