Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

polytheism

[pol-ee-thee-iz-uh m, pol-ee-thee-iz-uh m]
See more synonyms for polytheism on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the doctrine of or belief in more than one god or in many gods.
Show More

Origin of polytheism

1605–15; poly- + theism; compare French polythéisme
Related formspol·y·the·ist, nounpol·y·the·is·tic, pol·y·the·is·ti·cal, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

atheistagnosticdoubterunbelieverinfidelhereticskepticiconoclastheathenfreethinkerpolytheistscofferidolaterpantheistpaganist

Examples from the Web for polytheist

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for polytheist

polytheism

noun
  1. the worship of or belief in more than one god
Show More
Derived Formspolytheist, nounpolytheistic, adjectivepolytheistically, 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 polytheist

n.

1610s; see polytheism + -ist.

Show More

polytheism

n.

1610s, from French polythéisme (16c.), formed from Greek polytheia "polytheism," polytheos "of many gods," from polys "many" (see poly-) + theos "god" (see Thea).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

polytheist in Culture

polytheism

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

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.