polytheism

noun
poly·​the·​ism | \ ˈpä-lē-(ˌ)thē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce polytheism (audio) \

Definition of polytheism

: belief in or worship of more than one god

Other Words from polytheism

polytheist \ ˈpä-​lē-​ˌthē-​ist How to pronounce polytheism (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of polytheism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like the gods of ancient polytheism, modern values are always in conflict. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, 19 Nov. 2020 Like the gods of ancient polytheism, modern values are always in conflict. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, 19 Nov. 2020 Like the gods of ancient polytheism, modern values are always in conflict. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, 19 Nov. 2020 Like the gods of ancient polytheism, modern values are always in conflict. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, 19 Nov. 2020 Like the gods of ancient polytheism, modern values are always in conflict. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, 19 Nov. 2020 Like the gods of ancient polytheism, modern values are always in conflict. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, 19 Nov. 2020 Like the gods of ancient polytheism, modern values are always in conflict. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, 19 Nov. 2020 Like the gods of ancient polytheism, modern values are always in conflict. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of polytheism

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polytheism

French polytheisme, from Late Greek polytheos polytheistic, from Greek, of many gods, from poly- + theos god

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23 Dec 2021

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“Polytheism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polytheism. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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polytheism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of polytheism

: the belief that there is more than one god

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