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polytheism

[ pol-ee-thee-iz-uh m, pol-ee-thee-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈpɒl i θiˌɪz əm, ˌpɒl iˈθi ɪz əm /
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noun

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

RELATED WORDS

atheist, agnostic, doubter, unbeliever, infidel, heretic, skeptic, iconoclast, heathen, freethinker, scoffer, idolater, pantheist, paganist

Nearby words

polytechnic, polytendinitis, polytene, polytene chromosome, polytetrafluoroethylene, polytheism, polytheist, polytheistic, polythelia, polythene, polythiazide

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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Examples from the Web for polytheist

  • 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
  • The polytheist peoples the world with a variety of gods and goddesses, which enter into its machinery more or less independently.

  • 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 polytheist

polytheism

/ (ˈpɒlɪθiːˌɪzəm, ˌpɒlɪˈθiːɪzəm) /

noun

the worship of or belief in more than one god
Derived Formspolytheist, nounpolytheistic, adjectivepolytheistically, adverb
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Culture definitions for polytheist

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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