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Origins of the Word Sociology

The word sociology derives from the French word, sociologie, a hybrid coined in 1830 by French philosopher Isidore Auguste Comte (1798-1857), from the Latin: socius, meaning "companion"; and the suffix -ology, meaning "the study of", from the Greek λόγος, lógos, "knowledge". The English word, sociology, appeared in 1843.[1]


[1] Online Etymology Dictionary accessed August 30, 2008.