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

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Other Words from monotheism

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

Examples of monotheism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Glendale's Jared Cannonier explains how physical, spiritual evolution can win him middleweight title at UFC 254," 21 Oct. 2020 That's something that happens across all of Europe, across all of the world where monotheism displaces polytheism. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue," 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, "Islam’s anti-racist message from the 7th century still resonates today," 6 July 2020 In northern Pakistan, Islamic monotheism manages to coexist with a shamanistic appreciation of glaciers’ power. Brendan Hoffman, National Geographic, "A water crisis looms for 270 million people as South Asia’s glaciers shrink," 16 June 2020 In this respect monotheism was not an innovation but a revival, a hardening. Roberto Calasso, Harper's Magazine, "Becoming Human," 30 Mar. 2020 Those Jesuit scientist-adventurers reported to Rome that China was a brilliant civilisation whose traditions of ancestor worship and Confucian ethics were not pagan religious rites, but customs compatible with Christian monotheism. The Economist, "Chaguan Communism is not what worries the world about China’s Communist Party," 18 Dec. 2019 The pharaoh’s monotheism is presented as a prefiguration of the Abrahamic relationship between God and man. Mary Spencer, National Review, "Philip Glass’s Akhnaten Brings Ancient Egyptian Piety to Life," 14 Dec. 2019 The opera is divided into three acts: first the pharaoh’s ascendency to the throne, then his embrace of monotheism and construction of a new city, and finally his death. Mary Spencer, National Review, "Philip Glass’s Akhnaten Brings Ancient Egyptian Piety to Life," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of monotheism

1660, in the meaning defined above

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“Monotheism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of monotheism

: the belief that there is only one God

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