A term, derived from the Greek, to denote the study of biblical texts as developed over a period of time, and therefore includes the examination of multiple editorial sources, Form Criticism and Redaction Criticism. The contrasting method is called synchronic.

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  • Diachronic — or Diachronous is a technical term for something happening over time. It is used in several fields of research. Diachronic linguistics (in contrast to synchronic analysis): see Historical linguistics Geology: see Diachronous This disambiguation… …   Wikipedia

  • diachronic — 1857, from Gk. dia throughout (see DIA (Cf. dia )) + khronos time. Use in linguistics dates from 1927 …   Etymology dictionary

  • diachronic — [dī΄ə krän′ik] adj. [ DIA + CHRONIC] of or concerned with the study of changes occurring over a period of time, as in language, mores, etc.: cf. SYNCHRONIC (sense 2) diachronically adv …   English World dictionary

  • diachronic — diachronically, adv. diachronicness, n. /duy euh kron ik/, adj. Ling. of or pertaining to the changes in a linguistic system between successive points in time; historical: diachronic analysis. Cf. synchronic. [1925 30; < F diachronique (term… …   Universalium

  • Diachronic — The word "diachronic" is from the Greek dia , through + chronos, time = through time. As opposed to synchronic, at one point in time. * * * Systematically observed over time in the same subjects throughout as opposed to synchronic or… …   Medical dictionary

  • diachronic — (Gk., through time) Processes are diachronic, and the nature of their existence as extended in time is sometimes contrasted with that of events (instantaneous) or even objects (see endurance/perdurance ) …   Philosophy dictionary

  • diachronic — adjective technical dealing with something such as a language as it changes over time: a diachronic study diachronically / kli/ adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • diachronic — di•a•chron•ic [[t]ˌdaɪ əˈkrɒn ɪk[/t]] adj. ling. of or pertaining to the study of the changes in a language over a period of time: diachronic linguistics Compare synchronic • Etymology: 1925–30; < F diachronique (F. de Saussure); see dia ,… …   From formal English to slang

  • diachronic — adjective Date: 1922 of, relating to, or dealing with phenomena (as of language or culture) as they occur or change over a period of time • diachronically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • diachronic — adjective occurring or changing along with time Ant: synchronic …   Wiktionary

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