[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. hennery,
  2. hennessey,
  3. hennin,
  4. henoch,
  5. henoch-schönlein purpura,
  6. henpeck,
  7. henpecked,
  8. henri,
  9. henri, robert,
  10. henrietta

Origin of henotheism

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

Related formshen·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 Formshenotheist, nounhenotheistic, adjective

Word Origin for henotheism

C19: from Greek heis one + theos god

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Word Origin and History for henotheism



1860, from Greek henos, neuter of eis "one" (from PIE *sem- "one, as one") + theism. Devotion to a single god without asserting that he is the only god. Coined by (Friedrich) Max Müller (1823-1900), professor of comparative philology at Oxford. Related: Henotheist.

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