Hin·​du·​ism ˈhin-(ˌ)dü-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce Hinduism (audio)
: the dominant religion of India that emphasizes dharma with its resulting ritual and social observances and often mystical contemplation and ascetic practices

Examples of Hinduism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web India One of Hinduism’s most fearsome antagonists is Vritra, leader of the dasas—demonic creatures with innumerable eyes and heads. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 July 2024 In this tradition, a cohort of priests offer ritual prayers in honor of the river, which is worshiped as a goddess in Hinduism. Kamalpreet Singh, Travel + Leisure, 19 June 2024 In the first trailer, the posters for the film’s fictitious political party are orange — or saffron — a color associated with Hinduism and frequently used to represent right-wing Hindutva/Hindu nationalist movements. Siddhant Adlakha, Vulture, 5 Apr. 2024 Mahmood went to school in Downers Grove and remembers learning about the Holocaust and a little about Hinduism in sixth grade. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for Hinduism 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'Hinduism.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hinduism was in 1786

Dictionary Entries Near Hinduism

Cite this Entry

“Hinduism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hinduism. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


Hin·​du·​ism ˈhin-(ˌ)dü-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce Hinduism (audio)
: a body of social, cultural, and religious beliefs and practices native to the Indian subcontinent

More from Merriam-Webster on Hinduism

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!