monotheism

noun
mono·​the·​ism | \ˈmä-nə-(ˌ)thē-ˌi-zəm \

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 \-​ˌthē-​ist \ noun
monotheistic \ˌmä-​nə-​thē-​ˈis-​tik \ or less commonly monotheistical \-​ti-​kəl \ adjective
monotheistically \-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Many of the worst features or the worst human harms inflicted by monotheism have been paralleled in the secular religions of modern times. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why science can’t replace religion," 4 Nov. 2018 And Platonic doctrines about the soul and the afterlife had been reconciled with the core principles of monotheism. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A History of Judaism’ Review: The Book of Books," 30 Mar. 2018 Both books trace the gradual emergence of monotheism from a background of polytheism. David Wolpe, New York Times, "Two Authors Examine Biblical History for Clues About Faith," 22 Dec. 2017 More specifically, acceptance required colonial Europe, champion of white supremacy, to admit that an African civilization created works of art and voiced monotheism thousands of years before Europe had Christianity or writing. Smithsonian, "Accessibility Navigation," 19 Apr. 2017 More specifically, acceptance required colonial Europe, champion of white supremacy, to admit that an African civilization created works of art and voiced monotheism thousands of years before Europe had Christianity or writing. Smithsonian, "Accessibility Navigation," 19 Apr. 2017 Examples of memes are monotheism, the idea that the earth revolves around the sun or that diseases are caused by microbes and not evil spirits. Diana Kruzman, USA TODAY, "What are memes -- and how do they get kids in trouble?," 6 June 2017 Or something that represents the birth of monotheism. Dan Saltzstein, New York Times, "Tips From an Ambassador for Israeli Cuisine," 22 Mar. 2017 Kabbalah preserved the frame of monotheism while shattering the idol of monolithic truth. George Prochnik, The New Yorker, "A Guide to Religious Anarchy: Gershom Scholem’s Kabbalah," 14 Mar. 2017

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1660, in the meaning defined above

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monotheism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of monotheism

: the belief that there is only one God

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