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[ri-lij-uh-niz-uh m] /rɪˈlɪdʒ əˌnɪz əm/
excessive or exaggerated religious zeal.
affected or pretended religious zeal.
Origin of religionism
First recorded in 1785-95; religion + -ism
Related forms
religionist, noun
religionistic, adjective
antireligionist, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The religionist replies that man's mind cannot fathom the will of God.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • I do not write as a religionist, but as one very much of the world.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • He is an idealist, he is a realist, he is a religionist, he is a natural philosopher.


    James Huneker
  • No religionist seems capable of comprehending this plain truth.

    Individuality Robert G. Ingersoll
  • To the religionist this is an indication of the "beauty" in nature.

    An Atheist Manifesto Joseph Lewis
  • Still he did not want to become a religionist—a religious enthusiast.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • The laws of Nature are the same in effect on the atheist and the religionist.

    The System of Nature, Volume 2 Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D'Holbach)
  • More than any other merely philosophical writer, it seems to us that Mr. Spencer assists the important work of the religionist.

  • The work of the religionist is to separate truth from error, to make it effectual in practice, and give it to the world.


    Henry Seward Hubbard
  • At the same time it is a truth which it behooves every religionist and particularly every Jew to believe.

British Dictionary definitions for religionist


extreme religious fervour
Derived Forms
religionist, noun, adjective
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