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[pan-thee-iz-uh m]
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  1. the doctrine that God is the transcendent reality of which the material universe and human beings are only manifestations: it involves a denial of God's personality and expresses a tendency to identify God and nature.
  2. any religious belief or philosophical doctrine that identifies God with the universe.

Origin of pantheism

From the French word panthéisme, dating back to 1725–35. See pan-, theism
Related formspan·the·ist, nounpan·the·is·tic, pan·the·is·ti·cal, adjectivepan·the·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·pan·the·is·tic, adjectivenon·pan·the·is·ti·cal, adjectivenon·pan·the·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·pan·the·is·tic, adjectiveun·pan·the·is·ti·cal, adjectiveun·pan·the·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for pantheist

Historical Examples

  • Nothing could be more absurd than to call Shelley a Pantheist.

    Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle

    H. N. Brailsford

  • Judithe is pantheist enough to fancy that animals have souls.

    The Bondwoman

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • As poet and artist I am polytheist; as a student of Nature I am pantheist.

  • Only as such can any pantheist pretend to impose morality as law.

    Modern Skepticism

    C. J. Ellicott

  • But such expressions on the lips of a pantheist are utterly illusive.

    Modern Skepticism

    C. J. Ellicott

British Dictionary definitions for pantheist


  1. the doctrine that God is the transcendent reality of which man, nature, and the material universe are manifestations
  2. any doctrine that regards God as identical with the material universe or the forces of nature
  3. readiness to worship all or a large number of gods
Derived Formspantheist, nounpantheistic or pantheistical, adjectivepantheistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pantheist


1705, see pantheism + -ist.



"belief that God and the universe are identical," from pantheist (n.), which was coined (1705) by Irish deist John Toland (1670-1722), from Greek pan- "all" (see pan-) + theos "god" (see Thea).

Toland's word was borrowed into French, which from it formed panthéisme (1712) which returned to English as pantheism "the doctrine that all is god" in 1732 (no evidence that Toland used pantheism).

Greek pantheios meant "common to all gods" (see pantheon). Other words used at various times for similar notions include panentheism, "philosophy founded on the notion that all things are in God" (1874), from German (1828), coined by Karl Christian Friedrich Krause (1781-1832).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pantheist in Culture


The belief that God, or a group of gods, is identical with the whole natural world; pantheism comes from Greek roots meaning “belief that everything is a god.”

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