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[thee-iz-uh m]
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  1. the belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe, without rejection of revelation (distinguished from deism).
  2. belief in the existence of a god or gods (opposed to atheism).
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Origin of theism

First recorded in 1670–80; the- + -ism
Related formsthe·ist [thee-ist] /ˈθi ɪst/, noun, adjectivethe·is·tic, the·is·ti·cal, adjectivethe·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·the·is·tic, adjectivenon·the·is·ti·cal, adjectivenon·the·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·the·is·tic, adjectiveun·the·is·ti·cal, adjectiveun·the·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedatheist deist theist
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Related Words for theism

dogma, creed, belief, doctrine, faith, conviction, denomination, religion, sect, church, teaching, principle, credo, theism, piety, revelation, confession, profession, tenet, piousness

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British Dictionary definitions for theism


  1. the form of the belief in one God as the transcendent creator and ruler of the universe that does not necessarily entail further belief in divine revelationCompare deism
  2. the belief in the existence of a God or godsCompare atheism
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Word Origin for theism

C17: from Greek theos god + -ism
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Word Origin and History for theism


"belief in a deity," 1670s; see theist. Meaning "belief in one god" (as opposed to polytheism) is recorded from 1711.

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