[ pol-ee-thee-iz-uhm, pol-ee-thee-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈpɒl i θiˌɪz əm, ˌpɒl iˈθi ɪz əm /
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the doctrine of or belief in more than one god or in many gods.
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OTHER WORDS FROM polytheismpol·y·the·ist, nounpol·y·the·is·tic, pol·y·the·is·ti·cal, adjective
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How to use polytheism in a sentence
The polytheist peoples the world with a variety of gods and goddesses, which enter into its machinery more or less independently.
In the eyes of an inquisitive polytheist, it must appear worthy of the human and the divine nature.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
A Muhammadan cannot marry a polytheist, but he may marry a Jewess or a Christian.
As poet and artist I am polytheist; as a student of Nature I am pantheist.The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'|H. B. Cotterill
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
British Dictionary definitions for polytheism
/ (ˈpɒlɪθiːˌɪzəm, ˌpɒlɪˈθiːɪzəm) /
the worship of or belief in more than one god
Derived forms of polytheismpolytheist, nounpolytheistic, adjectivepolytheistically, adverb
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Cultural definitions for 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.)
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