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[thee-iz-uh m] /ˈθi ɪz əm/
the belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe, without rejection of revelation (distinguished from deism).
belief in the existence of a god or gods (opposed to atheism).
Origin of theism
First recorded in 1670-80; the- + -ism
Related forms
[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. Unabridged
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  • theistic determinism does make man a mere vessel, a tool: for Naturalism he is an individuation of the Living All.

    Rationalism John Mackinnon Robertson
  • They resolve themselves into two groups, a theistic and an atheistic.

  • It gave a new direction and inspiration to his theistic conceptions.

  • In Bruno it is a pantheistic, in the Cusan a theistic, doctrine.

    Giordano Bruno James Lewis McIntyre
  • Aristotle is not quite consistent when he attempts to give us his theistic beliefs.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • There are but three theistic religions—the Mosaic, the Christian, and the Mohammedan.

    Theism Robert Flint
  • This couple belonged to the society of Friends, but had much to say about the theistic movement in the society.

    Reminiscences, 1819-1899 Julia Ward Howe.
  • theistic inference clearly involves the principle of causality.

    Theism Robert Flint
  • In the release of the popular mind from polytheistic notions, and the purifying and spiritualizing of the theistic idea.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for theistic


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
the belief in the existence of a God or gods Compare atheism
Word Origin
C17: from Greek theos god + -ism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for theistic

1780, from theist + -ic.



"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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