[ zawr-oh-as-tree-uh-niz-uhm, zohr- ]
/ ˌzɔr oʊˈæs tri əˌnɪz əm, ˌzoʊr- /
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an Iranian religion, founded c600 b.c. by Zoroaster, the principal beliefs of which are in the existence of a supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, and in a cosmic struggle between a spirit of good, Spenta Mainyu, and a spirit of evil, Angra Mainyu.
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Sometimes Zo·ro·as·trism [zawr-oh-as-triz-uhm, zohr-] /ˌzɔr oʊˈæs trɪz əm, ˌzoʊr-/ .
Also called Mazdaism.
Origin of Zoroastrianism
First recorded in 1850–55; Zoroastrian + -ism
Words nearby Zoroastrianism
zorilla, Zorn, Zorn's lemma, Zoroaster, Zoroastrian, Zoroastrianism, Zorobabel, Zorrilla y Moral, zorse, Zoser, Zosimus
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How to use Zoroastrianism in a sentence
The first entry is “Abracadabra,” which at one time was an ancient code used by Egyptian priests, and ends with “Zoroastrianism.”The Craziest Religions|Benyamin Cohen|July 24, 2010|DAILY BEAST
In Zoroastrianism not only was continuance of life recognized, but a strict retribution was taught.
The original spirit of Zoroastrianism was fierce and exclusive.
But Zoroastrianism has preserved the old form of its religion without change.
They are akin to the Rakshasas of India or the arch-demons of Zoroastrianism.Myths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria|Lewis Spence
It was long the centre of Zoroastrianism, and was also an important Buddhist centre.
British Dictionary definitions for Zoroastrianism
/ (ˌzɒrəʊˈæstrɪənˌɪzəm) /
the dualistic religion founded by the Persian prophet Zoroaster in the late 7th or early 6th centuries bc and set forth in the sacred writings of the Zend-Avesta. It is based on the concept of a continuous struggle between Ormazd (or Ahura Mazda), the god of creation, light, and goodness, and his arch enemy, Ahriman, the spirit of evil and darkness, and it includes a highly developed ethical codeAlso called: Mazdaism
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