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>
monotheistplay \-ˌthē-ist\ noun
monotheisticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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The monotheism of the ancient Hebrews had to combat the polytheism (worship of many gods) of the surrounding peoples from the earliest times. As the Bible relates, several times in their history the Hebrews turned away from their monotheistic beliefs and accepted foreign gods, such as those imported by King Solomon. Each time their own God would punish them for their disloyalty, and the people of Israel would return to monotheism. Today Judaism shares its monotheism with two much larger religions, Christianity and Islam.
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MONOTHEISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of monotheism for English Language Learners
: the belief that there is only one God
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