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[pan-thee-iz-uh m] /ˈpæn θiˌɪz əm/
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.
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 forms
pantheist, noun
pantheistic, pantheistical, adjective
pantheistically, adverb
nonpantheistic, adjective
nonpantheistical, adjective
nonpantheistically, adverb
unpantheistic, adjective
unpantheistical, adjective
unpantheistically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pantheistic
Contemporary Examples
  • Wicca is a naturalistic religion whose followers generally worship a pantheistic Godhead and practice magic.

    Witches Blast O'Donnell Ben Crair September 20, 2010
Historical Examples
  • A pantheistic Force is the only ruler, and whatever is, is right.

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • Milton is the least mystical, the least pantheistic, the least monistic, of all writers.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • His own religion certainly had a mystical and pantheistic tendency.

  • Platonism is pantheistic in that nature is resolved into God.

    The Approach to Philosophy Ralph Barton Perry
  • Dr. Martin, of China, has well styled it "a pantheistic medley."

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • In Bruno it is a pantheistic, in the Cusan a theistic, doctrine.

    Giordano Bruno James Lewis McIntyre
  • But the transcendental principle of progress is pantheistic.

    Soliloquies in England

    George Santayana
  • All other religions are polytheistic or pantheistic, or both together.

    Theism Robert Flint
  • Shown to rest on a pantheistic conception of the Divine Being.

    Theism Robert Flint
British Dictionary definitions for pantheistic


the doctrine that God is the transcendent reality of which man, nature, and the material universe are manifestations
any doctrine that regards God as identical with the material universe or the forces of nature
readiness to worship all or a large number of gods
Derived Forms
pantheist, noun
pantheistic, pantheistical, adjective
pantheistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pantheistic

1732, from pantheist + -ic.



"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
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pantheistic in Culture

pantheism definition

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.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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