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theism

[thee-iz-uh m] /ˈθi ɪz əm/
noun
1.
the belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe, without rejection of revelation (distinguished from deism).
2.
belief in the existence of a god or gods (opposed to atheism).
Origin of theism
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80; the- + -ism
Related forms
theist
[thee-ist] /ˈθi ɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective
theistic, theistical, adjective
theistically, adverb
nontheistic, adjective
nontheistical, adjective
nontheistically, adverb
untheistic, adjective
untheistical, adjective
untheistically, adverb
Can be confused
atheist, deist, theist.
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Examples from the Web for theist
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  • The theist realizes, however, that belief is at one pole, reason at the other.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • Thus the theist is led to the conclusion that the end justifies the means.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • The world is not the same to the Christian theist and to the agnostic.

  • And on that point we certainly can speak with authority; for we have been where the theist is, he has not been where we are.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • The theist is, as is often the case, saying one thing and meaning another.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • The theist, in short, commences with a wrong conception of causation.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • The Atheist is only calling the attention of the theist to the consequences of his own argument.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • What the theist does at every step of his reasoning is to read his own feelings and desires into nature.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
British Dictionary definitions for theist

theist

/ˈθiːɪst/
noun
1.
a person who believes in the doctrine of theism
2.
a person who believes in the existence of God or gods
adjective
3.
of or relating to theists or theism
Derived Forms
theistic, theistical, adjective
theistically, adverb

theism

/ˈθiːɪzəm/
noun
1.
the form of the belief in one God as the transcendent creator and ruler of the universe that does not necessarily entail further belief in divine revelation Compare deism
2.
the belief in the existence of a God or gods Compare atheism
Word Origin
C17: from Greek theos god + -ism
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Word Origin and History for theist
n.

1660s, from Greek theos "god" (see Thea) + -ist. The original senses was that later reserved to deist: "one who believes in a transcendant god but denies revelation." Later in 18c. theist was contrasted with deist, as allowing the possibility of revelation.

theism

n.

"belief in a deity," 1670s; see theist. Meaning "belief in one god" (as opposed to polytheism) is recorded from 1711.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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