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noun re·li·gion \ri-ˈli-jən\

: the belief in a god or in a group of gods

: an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods

: an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group

Full Definition of RELIGION

a :  the state of a religious <a nun in her 20th year of religion>
b (1) :  the service and worship of God or the supernatural
(2) :  commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
:  a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
archaic :  scrupulous conformity :  conscientiousness
:  a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
re·li·gion·less adjective

Examples of RELIGION

  1. Many people turn to religion for comfort in a time of crisis.
  2. There are many religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.
  3. Shinto is a religion that is unique to Japan.
  4. Hockey is a religion in Canada.
  5. Politics are a religion to him.
  6. Where I live, high school football is religion.
  7. Food is religion in this house.

Origin of RELIGION

Middle English religioun, from Anglo-French religiun, Latin religion-, religio supernatural constraint, sanction, religious practice, perhaps from religare to restrain, tie back — more at rely
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra
RELIGION Defined for Kids


noun re·li·gion \ri-ˈli-jən\

Definition of RELIGION for Kids

:  the belief in and worship of God or gods
:  a system of religious beliefs and practices


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