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

Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Hinduism was in 1786

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“Hinduism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hinduism. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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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

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