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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But now she puts her energy into helping others research their own genealogy.
▪ But then such critics of new technology had a genealogy that stretched much further back than the computers they attacked.
▪ He worked contentedly for some time and was deep in the intricacies of a genealogy when the telephone rang.
▪ If you are brand new, you can go to the beginning genealogy chat room.
▪ Moses the genealogy and linkage to the Davidic line and fulfilment of the prophecies outlined in the Hebrew Bible.
▪ Or, dictating a genealogy, men would unexpectedly include the names of women - say, great-grandmothers of today's adults.
▪ She told me what she was looking for in the genealogy some kind of outlaw, I think.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Genealogy \Gen`e*al"o*gy\, n.; pl. Genealogies. [OE. genealogi, genelogie, OF. genelogie, F. g['e]n['e]alogie, L. genealogia, fr. Gr. ?; ? birth, race, descent (akin to L. genus) + ? discourse.]

  1. An account or history of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor; enumeration of ancestors and their children in the natural order of succession; a pedigree.

  2. Regular descent of a person or family from a progenitor; pedigree; lineage.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "line of descent, pedigree, descent," from Old French genealogie (12c.), from Late Latin genealogia "tracing of a family," from Greek genealogia, from genea "generation, descent" (see genus) + -logia (see -logy). An Old English word for it was folctalu, literally "folk tale." Meaning "study of family trees" is from 1768.


n. 1 (context countable English) The descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; lineage or pedigree. 2 (context countable English) A record or table of such descent; a family tree. 3 (context uncountable English) The study, and formal recording of such descents.


n. successive generations of kin [syn: family tree]


Genealogy (from , "generation"; and , "knowledge"), also known as family history, is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives.

The pursuit of family history and origins tends to be shaped by several motives, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling.

Genealogy (philosophy)

In philosophy, genealogy is a historical technique in which one questions the commonly understood emergence of various philosophical and social beliefs by attempting to account for the scope, breadth or totality of ideology within the time period in question, as opposed to focusing on a singular or dominant ideology. Moreover, a genealogy often attempts to look beyond the ideologies in question, for the conditions of their possibility (particularly in Foucault's genealogies). It has been developed as a continuation of the works of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Genealogy (band)

Genealogy is an Armenian supergroup that was formed to represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Five of the six members come from a different continent of the Armenian diaspora whose families once spread all over the world after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The five artists from the diaspora also symbolize the five petals of the forget-me-not (official logo of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, commemorated in April 2015), while the center of the flower is represented by the sixth artist, actually from the Republic of Armenia.

The group performed the song " Face The Shadow" in the contest. The song was originally called "Don't Deny", but organizers changed it later to the present title, as it was deemed too political (hinting at Armenian genocide denial).

The song represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on the final held on 23 May 2015, finishing 16th overall, with a total of 34 points from only 8 countries including a maximum 12 points from Georgia.

Genealogy (disambiguation)

Genealogy also known as family history, is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history.

Genealogy may also refer to:

  • Genealogy (philosophy), a historical technique in philosophy in which one questions the commonly understood emergence of various philosophical and social beliefs by attempting to account for the scope, breadth or totality of ideology within the time period in question, as opposed to focusing on a singular or dominant ideology. Considered continuation of the works of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Usage examples of "genealogy".

Maeve seemed strangely interested in the intricacies of the Mac Ard genealogy and asked several questions, but Jenna was bored.

White House memoirists do, to give the last four hundred years of my genealogy.

The early theorists of the juridical foundations of the modern state conceive of this as an originary appeal to a supreme power, but the theory of imperial command has no need for such fables about its genealogy.

The anthropogony of the Bible is merely a genealogy of a swarm escaping from the human hive which settled on the mountainous slopes of Thibet between the summits of the Himalaya and the Caucasus.

I accordingly took the opportunity to explain that I myself was in Monte Carlo for reasons connected with the Daffodil settlement, that I had been commissioned by Clementine to investigate the genealogy of the Palgrave family, and that by a curious coincidence my researches had led me to the South of France.

There was even an ancient duplicate of that yellow tattered scroll royally, reconfirming lands and title to John, the most distinguished of all the Caradocs, who had unfortunately neglected to be born in wedlock, by one of those humorous omissions to be found in the genealogies of most old families.

Where birth is respected, unactive, spiritless minds remain in haughty indolence, and dream of nothing but pedigrees and genealogies: the generous and ambitious seek honour and authority, and reputation and favour.

But this class is, due to the unregulated proliferation of semi-fictional genealogies, exactly congruent to almost the entire population of Averidan.

As always, he talked in the broad, flowery language of the antismoking lobby, but was polite enough to tread carefully around words like evil and murder in deference to my genealogy.

Sanchoniathon, and in the Grecian Genealogy of the Gods given by Hesiod.

Most experts feel that it violates the basic Halachic values that stress genealogy and family integrity.

He derived his descent from the family of the Prophet, and the race or tribe of Hashem, in witness of which genealogy he wore a green turban of large dimensions.

European reconstructionists, of whom Smith and Best were the chief, calculated that the main body of Maori tribal ancestors had arrived in the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, because the count-back of generations in the chiefly genealogies, calculated at twenty-five years to a generation, established those dates.

They took turns reciting Homeric genealogies, full of falsifications and borrowings from real life, and sometimes they fought over this or that favorite real uncle or aunt, and had to bargain like casting directors.

I know it all, except his long genealogies and his historical tirades, which fatigue the mind and do not touch the heart.