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 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 The pharaoh Akhenaten, reviled and stricken from official records for introducing monotheism to Egypt, was cancelled quite thoroughly in the fourteenth century BC. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The “Cancel Culture” Con," 23 Sep. 2019 In a foundational scene of monotheism, Moses doffs his kicks to approach the burning bush; shoes are, by their pedestrian nature, unfit for holy ground. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 These New Atheists are mostly ignorant of religion, and only really concerned with a particular kind of monotheism, which is a narrow segment of the broader religious world. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why science can’t replace religion," 4 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of monotheism

1660, in the meaning defined above

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“Monotheism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of monotheism

: the belief that there is only one God

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