poly·​the·​is·​tic ˌpä-lē-thē-ˈi-stik How to pronounce polytheistic (audio)
variants or less commonly polytheistical
: of, relating to, or characterized by polytheism : believing in or worshiping multiple gods
They gravitate to ancient symbols and ancient myths, to the old polytheistic religions of the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Celts, and the Sumerians.Margot Adler
This view reflected the resurgence of Greco-Roman polytheistic concepts within Christianity …Norman F. Cantor

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Rome has sheltered polytheistic pagans and monotheistic Jews, adherents of Middle Eastern cults, and, in more recent times, a sizable multinational Muslim community. David Laskin Martin Pauer, New York Times, 1 May 2023 These vampires described themselves as atheistic, monotheistic or polytheistic. John Edgar Browning, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2022 After her death, Tutankhamun took over and reversed his father’s policies, moving back to a polytheistic religion. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 1 Dec. 2022 This absolutism perplexed the polytheistic Japanese. Hiroko Yoda, The New Yorker, 26 July 2022 Broadway show, part polytheistic oratorio, gets a digital revival led by Ted Sperling. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 4 Jan. 2021 He was particularly enraptured by the polytheistic storytelling traditions in which the gods behave badly, weirdly, hilariously. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 6 Feb. 2023 Perhaps somewhere in the distant future this will lead to the spread of polytheistic religions. Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s Magazine , 6 Jan. 2023 The early pagan holiday of Samhain involved a lot of ritualistic ceremonies to connect to spirits, as the Celts were polytheistic. Marissa Gold, Country Living, 28 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polytheistic was in 1678

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“Polytheistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polytheistic. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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