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noun re·li·gion \ri-ˈli-jən\

Simple Definition of religion

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices

  3. 3 archaic :  scrupulous conformity :  conscientiousness

  4. 4 :  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

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