polytheism

[pol-ee-thee-iz-uh m, pol-ee-thee-iz-uh m]
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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
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polytheism

noun
  1. the worship of or belief in more than one god
Derived Formspolytheist, nounpolytheistic, adjectivepolytheistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for polytheist
n.

1610s; see polytheism + -ist.

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).

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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.)

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