[dahy-thee-iz-uh m]


the doctrine of or belief in two equally powerful gods.
belief in the existence of two independent antagonistic principles, one good and the other evil, as in Zoroastrianism.

Origin of ditheism

First recorded in 1670–80; di-1 + theism
Related formsdi·the·ist, noundi·the·is·tic, di·the·is·ti·cal, adjective
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noun theol

the belief in two equal gods
the belief that two equal principles reign over the world, one good and one evil
Derived Formsditheist, nounditheistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ditheism

"belief in the existence of two gods," 1670s, from di- (1) + theism.

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