- to acquire a deep conviction of the validity of religious beliefs and practices.
- to resolve to mend one's errant ways: The company got religion and stopped making dangerous products.
Origin of religion
Examples from the Web for religion
And yes, our values include tolerance of those who wish to make fun of religion.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the end, the line between magic and religion may be something of an artificial one.
It needs to be said: bigotry in the name of religion is still bigotry; child abuse wrapped in a Bible verse is still child abuse.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Communist Party of China gets a bad rap for cracking down on religion.
The religion shaped all facets of life: art, medicine, literature, and even dynastic politics.
Even the religion of this modern century bears the deep impress of the trade-mark, which calendars its financial value.My Wife and I|Harriet Beecher Stowe
We have said that there is something eternal in religion: it is the cult and the faith.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life|Emile Durkheim
It depended on him whether the reproach which lay on his religion should be taken away or should be made permanent.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Religion, say these, was corrupted a little after His death, and remained in that state of corruption about sixteen hundred years.Letters on England|Voltaire
In the interior of their abode, they occupy themselves with feminine tasks, and fervently perform the rites of their religion.The Smuggler Chief|Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for religion
- the practice of sacred ritual observances
- sacred rites and ceremonies
Word Origin for religion
Word Origin and History for religion
c.1200, "state of life bound by monastic vows," also "conduct indicating a belief in a divine power," from Anglo-French religiun (11c.), Old French religion "piety, devotion; religious community," and directly from Latin religionem (nominative religio) "respect for what is sacred, reverence for the gods; conscientiousness, sense of right, moral obligation; fear of the gods; divine service, religious observance; a religion, a faith, a mode of worship, cult; sanctity, holiness," in Late Latin "monastic life" (5c.).
According to Cicero derived from relegere "go through again" (in reading or in thought), from re- "again" (see re-) + legere "read" (see lecture (n.)). However, popular etymology among the later ancients (Servius, Lactantius, Augustine) and the interpretation of many modern writers connects it with religare "to bind fast" (see rely), via notion of "place an obligation on," or "bond between humans and gods." In that case, the re- would be intensive. Another possible origin is religiens "careful," opposite of negligens. In English, meaning "particular system of faith" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "recognition of and allegiance in manner of life (perceived as justly due) to a higher, unseen power or powers" is from 1530s.
To hold, therefore, that there is no difference in matters of religion between forms that are unlike each other, and even contrary to each other, most clearly leads in the end to the rejection of all religion in both theory and practice. And this is the same thing as atheism, however it may differ from it in name. [Pope Leo XIII, Immortale Dei, 1885]
Idioms and Phrases with religion
see get religion.