• synonyms


[mon-uh-thee-iz-uh m]
  1. the doctrine or belief that there is only one God.
Show More

Origin of monotheism

First recorded in 1650–60; mono- + (poly)theism
Related formsmon·o·the·ist, noun, adjectivemon·o·the·is·tic, mon·o·the·is·ti·cal, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for monotheist

Historical Examples

  • When a believer in two is a polytheist, how can a believer in six be a monotheist?

    Letters from a Sf Teacher

    Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner

  • Unlike Cyrus, he was at least a monotheist, if not a thoroughgoing Zoroastrian.

  • This king-priest is a monotheist, though he is not of the family of Abraham.

  • He was a monotheist, and he saw his God in every thing, every event, every place.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • The intelligence is monist or pantheist, the will monotheist or egoist.

    Tragic Sense Of Life

    Miguel de Unamuno

British Dictionary definitions for monotheist


  1. the belief or doctrine that there is only one God
Show More
Derived Formsmonotheist, noun, adjectivemonotheistic, adjectivemonotheistically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for monotheist


1670s, from monotheism + -ist.

Show More



"belief that there is but one god," 1650s, from Greek mono-, comb. form of monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + theos "a god" (see Thea).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

monotheist in Culture


A belief in one god. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all monotheistic religions. (Compare polytheism.)

Show More
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.