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noun, adjective Archaic.
  1. Muslim(defs 1, 2).
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Origin of Mahometan

First recorded in 1520–30; Mahomet + -an
Related formsMa·hom·et·an·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for mahometanism

Historical Examples

  • Mahometanism is superior to both, while founded on the reading of the letter.

    Church Reform

    Richard Carlile

  • The Mahometanism of the Wanikas, if it exist at all, is of the most imperfect kind.

  • Mahometanism and Buddhism attracted nearly the whole of this numerous race.

    The Human Race

    Louis Figuier

  • Mahometanism has inherited from the ancient Arabs the practice of circumcision.

    The Human Race

    Louis Figuier

  • Nothing worse can be found in the annals of Paganism or Mahometanism.

British Dictionary definitions for mahometanism


noun, adjective
  1. a name formerly in Western usage but never used among Muslims for the Muslim religion
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Derived FormsMahometanism, noun
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