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polytheism

[ pol-ee-thee-iz-uhm, pol-ee-thee-iz-uhm ]

noun

  1. the doctrine of or belief in more than one god or in many gods.


polytheism

/ ˌpɒlɪˈθiːɪzəm; ˈpɒlɪθiːˌɪzəm /

noun

  1. the worship of or belief in more than one god


polytheism

  1. The belief in more than one god. The ancient Greeks, for example, were polytheists; their gods included Apollo , Athena , Dionysus , and Zeus . ( Compare monotheism .)


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Derived Forms

  • ˌpolytheˈistic, adjective
  • ˈpolyˌtheist, noun
  • ˌpolytheˈistically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • poly·theist noun
  • poly·the·istic poly·the·isti·cal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of polytheism1

1605–15; poly- + theism; compare French polythéisme

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Example Sentences

To many outside Christianity, this looks a bit like polytheism!

Sometimes, especially in Phoenicia, human beings were offered in sacrifice, the most repulsive peculiarity of polytheism.

Polytheism was dominant while their monotheism was as yet a persecuted belief.

They expose with superfluous with and eloquence the extravagance of Polytheism.

Thus before Mohammed appeared polytheism was the prevalent religion of Arabia,--a degradation even from the ancient Sabaean faith.

For it is not here a question simply of the dogmatic belief in Monotheism as opposed to polytheism.

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