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[guh-mey-tree-uh] /gəˈmeɪ tri ə/

a cabbalistic system of interpretation of the Scriptures by substituting for a particular word another word whose letters give the same numerical sum.

1680s, from Hebrew gematriya, from Greek geometria (see geometry). “[E]xplanation of the sense of a word by substituting for it another word, so that the numerical value of the letters constituting either word is identical” [Klein].


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