mono·​the·​ism | \ ˈmä-nə-(ˌ)thē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce monotheism (audio) \

Definition of monotheism

: the doctrine or belief that there is but one God historically related forms of monotheism as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam— B. R. Barber

Other Words from monotheism

monotheist \ ˈmä-​nə-​ˌthē-​ist How to pronounce monotheism (audio) \ noun
monotheistically \ ˌmä-​nə-​thē-​ˈi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce monotheism (audio) \ adverb

Examples of monotheism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its subject matter hints at one reason why Rubens was so fixated on classical history: Constantine was the first Roman emperor to throw polytheistic paganism overboard in favor of the monotheism of Christianity. Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 Absent are the dominating themes of monotheism — a fall from an original state of grace, followed by redemption — and a clear dichotomy of good and evil. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 While rabbis are empowered to partner with God in the development of the law, at its foundation is a system of ethical monotheism. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 14 June 2021 After the meeting, Francis travelled to the desert plain of Ur in southern Iraq, revered as the birthplace of Abraham — the patriarch of monotheism and a unifying prophet in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. NBC News, 6 Mar. 2021 Of these, all except Russia and India are countries where Islam (or at least monotheism, in Indonesia) is entrenched in the political system and followed by the great majority of people. The Economist, 14 Dec. 2020 Since then, Cannonier has connected with his ancestral roots in African spirituality based on laws of the universe as opposed to traditional monotheism or polytheism. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 21 Oct. 2020 That's something that happens across all of Europe, across all of the world where monotheism displaces polytheism. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 21 Sep. 2020 Apart from monotheism – worshipping just one God – belief in the equality of all human beings in the eyes of God set early Muslims apart from many of their fellow Arabs in Mecca. Asma Afsaruddin, The Conversation, 6 July 2020 See More

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1660, in the meaning defined above

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“Monotheism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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