[ ri-lij-uh n ]
/ rɪˈlɪdʒ ən /
a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
religions, Archaic. religious rites: painted priests performing religions deep into the night.
Archaic. strict faithfulness; devotion: a religion to one's vow.
Words nearby religion
Idioms for religion
- 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.
get religion, Informal.
Origin of religion
OTHER WORDS FROM religionre·li·gion·less, adjectivean·ti·re·li·gion, adjectivenon·re·li·gion, nounsub·re·li·gion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sub-religion
/ (rɪˈlɪdʒən) /
belief in, worship of, or obedience to a supernatural power or powers considered to be divine or to have control of human destiny
any formal or institutionalized expression of such beliefthe Christian religion
the attitude and feeling of one who believes in a transcendent controlling power or powers
mainly RC Church the way of life determined by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience entered upon by monks, friars, and nunsto enter religion
something of overwhelming importance to a personfootball is his religion
- the practice of sacred ritual observances
- sacred rites and ceremonies
Word Origin for religion
C12: via Old French from Latin religiō fear of the supernatural, piety, probably from religāre to tie up, from re- + ligāre to bind
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Idioms and Phrases with sub-religion
see get religion.
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