Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The astrophysical study of the origin and evolution of the universe.
  • n. A specific theory or model of the origin and evolution of the universe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of the origin, and sometimes the development, of the universe or the solar system, in astrophysics, religion, and other fields.
  • n. Any specific theory, model, myth, or other account of the origin of the universe.
  • n. The creation of the universe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The creation of the world or universe; a theory or account of such creation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The theory or science of the origin of the universe, or of its present constitution and order; a doctrine or account of the creation; specifically, the doctrine that the universe had a beginning in time.
  • n. The origination of the universe; creation.
  • n. Synonyms See cosmology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of astrophysics that studies the origin and evolution and structure of the universe

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek κοσμογονία (kosmogonia), from κόσμος (kosmos, "world") + γόνος (gonos, "creation"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Originally, it opened with the three Bone cousins, Fone, Phoney, and Smiley Bone, lost in the desert after being run out of Boneville; the new version begins with a lengthy, dull cutscene in which Thorn gives a narration of Bone's cosmogony from the text of Crown of Horns.

    Video Game Review: Bone 1 and 2

  • Its cosmogony is a myth read literally: its history is, for the most part, a highly immoral distortion, and its ethics are those of the

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I had had no lessons in cosmogony, and I had no spontaneous revelation of the true position of the earth in the universe.

    The Promised Land

  • The word cosmogony is, however, usually applied to mythic accounts of the world's origin current among the peoples of antiquity and the more modern races which have not been touched by recent scientific methods.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • The most conspicuous figure in Chinese cosmogony is P'an Ku.

    Myths and Legends of China

  • The end of the cosmogony is the astronomical system described in section 4.2 below, in which ten heavenly bodies including the earth encircle the central fire.

    Philolaus

  • Just as the cosmogony is the archetype of all creation, cosmic time, which the cosmogony brings forth, is the paradigmatic model for all other times -- that is, for the times specifically belonging to the various categories of existing things.

    Meditation: In illo tempore

  • Chæremon had no reason for saying that the Ancient Egyptians, inventors of the sacred fables, and adorers of the Sun and the other luminaries, saw in the Universe only a machine, without life and without intelligence, either in its whole or in its parts; and that their cosmogony was a pure Epicureanism, which required only matter and movement to organize its world and govern it.

    Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

  • With the Phoenician sages the cosmogony was their theogony and 'vice versa'.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • And this very consideration too, continued PHILO, which we have stumbled on in the course of the argument, suggests a new hypothesis of cosmogony, that is not absolutely absurd and improbable.

    Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

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  • Seems to be an archaic term for cosmology.

    January 2, 2009

  • Learned this by reading a letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams. He was explaining his view of Calvinism.

    December 24, 2008