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henotheism

[ hen-uh-thee-iz-uhm ]

noun

  1. the worship of a particular god, as by a family or tribe, without disbelieving in the existence of others.
  2. ascription of supreme divine attributes to whichever one of several gods is addressed at the time.


henotheism

/ ˈhɛnəʊθiːˌɪzəm /

noun

  1. the worship of one deity (of several) as the special god of one's family, clan, or tribe


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Derived Forms

  • ˈhenotheist, noun
  • ˌhenotheˈistic, adjective
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Other Words From

  • heno·theist noun
  • heno·the·istic adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of henotheism1

1855–60; < Greek heno-, combining form of hén one (neuter of heîs ) + theism
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Word History and Origins

Origin of henotheism1

C19: from Greek heis one + theos god
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Example Sentences

There was no henotheism, no worship of several single supreme deities: One only was supreme.

It marks the highest point to which the Hebrew race attained in its progress from henotheism to monotheism.

It would thus appear almost as if all gods are one god to Mr. Frazer by a kind of scientific 'Henotheism.'

Henotheism, a polytheism which assigns to one god of the pantheon superiority over the rest.

In contrast with 'henotheism' or 'monolatry,' such as the worship of the early Hebrews.

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