Definition of cosmogony in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The 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’
    • ‘The religion of the Pilgrims did not seem to be much preoccupied with questions of cosmology and cosmogony.’
    • ‘Numerous thinkers and works contributed to making astronomy and the related sciences of astrology and cosmogony a near-accurate system.’
    • ‘Parmenides was a great philosophical pioneer, who turned away from the tradition of Ionian cosmogony to attempt something fundamentally different: a deduction of the character of what is from the requirements of thought and language.’
    • ‘There may be some valid info but it's more about cosmology, cosmogony, and mythology than on magic.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘Now, if your cosmogony throws any light on this once revealed let me know.’
      • ‘That's really stepping into the realm of faith, belief, and religious cosmogony here.’
      • ‘In this article, I want to focus on how their cosmogony and concept of procreation draw on the metaphors of artistic creativity.’
      • ‘For example, we could imagine spherical shock waves bouncing back and forth between the centre and edge of an expanding ball of gas or plasma, such as in the tentative cosmogony I outline.’
      • ‘As an implement of power that would have been carried by the ruler, a scepter filled with such symbolism would link its bearer to a rich cosmogony.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘According to him, their cosmogony included the idea that the world was complete thanks only to the existence of other beings different from themselves.’
      • ‘A creation myth is a cosmogony, a story that describes the origins of the universe.’
      • ‘They are implicitly evoking a whole cosmogony, a religious morality and an ethics of social interaction.’
      • ‘The Puranic cosmogony also contains stories of the dissolution of existence in the cosmic fire that emerges from the breath of Rudra, or iva.’
      • ‘The universe may not seem to make any more sense to you if your cosmogony is scientific rather than religious in nature, but in the end there is no escape from the fact that in the evolution of living systems the bias is built in.’
      • ‘Did he present a cosmogony or cosmology in terms of the interaction of pairs of opposites?’
      • ‘I believe that we can understand ceremony as a cosmogony in both discursive and performative senses.’
      • ‘Or can we ever hope to erect a system of cosmogony, that will be liable to no exceptions, and will contain no circumstance repugnant to our limited and imperfect experience of the analogy of nature?’
      • ‘I have too much respect for him to carry his inessentialness to my own cinema cosmogony too far into the public arena.’
      • ‘In the building of a mosque, the traditional architectural forms reflect the Islamic cosmogony and its sacred texts.’
      • ‘Its Hesiodic style was appropriate for the cosmogony he describes in the second part, but is unsuited to the arid dialectic of the first.’
      • ‘To understand these older conceptions of Chinese medicine is to recognize this cosmogony of the world.’
      • ‘He went on to say we are losing our democracy to a corporate cosmogony where people and government are secondary to business.’


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