mono·​the·​is·​tic ˌmä-nə-thē-ˈi-stik How to pronounce monotheistic (audio)
variants or less commonly monotheistical
: of, relating to, or characterized by the doctrine or belief that there is only one God
a monotheistic religion
The implication was one that is familiar to many Sikhs, who are part of a separate, monotheistic faith that is neither Hinduism nor Islam, but who are often mistaken for being something that they are not.Sharon Otterman

Examples of monotheistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Israel's non-Jewish population is around 20%, including Muslim, Christian and Druze, an esoteric, monotheistic religion that incorporates elements of all Abrahamic religions and other philosophies. Ruth Marks Eglash, Fox News, 12 Nov. 2023 The village honors all three of the region’s major monotheistic religions, but most residents practice a more secular approach to life, and there is no temple, mosque or church here, although many residents still identify as Jewish, Muslim or Christian. Hiba Yazbek, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023 The Western ideas about angels can be traced through the Bible — and to the worldviews of its monotheistic authors, Garrett said. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2023 Muslims believe that Abraham, as instructed by God, built the first house of worship for God to be worshiped in a monotheistic way. Manal Aman, Good Housekeeping, 19 June 2023 The great monotheistic religions, meanwhile, have looked to history to teach awe of God’s power and to reveal the unfolding of His plans for humanity. David A. Bell, The New York Review of Books, 1 June 2023 These vampires described themselves as atheistic, monotheistic or polytheistic. John Edgar Browning, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2022 Biblical texts also paint an image of Judeans in this long era turning inward, focusing on their temple cult that revolved around a monotheistic deity and embracing strict dietary rules, as well as taboos on animal and human images. Andrew Lawler, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 As members of the Indigenous Iranian Zoroastrian community — arguably the first monotheistic religion in the world, dating back to the 5th century BCE — Dashtaki’s family had lived in the belly of the adobe village, Yazd, Iran. Deborah Reid, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monotheistic was in 1815

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“Monotheistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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