[ hen-uh-thee-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈhɛn ə θiˌɪz əm /


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

Origin of henotheism

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

Related forms

hen·o·the·ist, nounhen·o·the·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for henotheism


/ (ˈhɛnəʊθiːˌɪzəm) /


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

Derived Forms

henotheist, nounhenotheistic, adjective

Word Origin for henotheism

C19: from Greek heis one + theos god
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