Definition of religion
1a : the state of a religious a nun in her 20th year of religionb (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
2 : a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
3 archaic : scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness
4 : a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
Examples of religion in a Sentence
Many people turn to religion for comfort in a time of crisis.
There are many religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.
Shinto is a religion that is unique to Japan.
Hockey is a religion in Canada.
Politics are a religion to him.
Where I live, high school football is religion.
Food is religion in this house.
Recent Examples of religion from the Web
Each person, no matter race, sex, needs, or religion has a unique gift.
Sam Hinkie turned patience into its own extremist religion.
Berrios said the church can't hide behind religion.
New religions are in conflict with the old, rival houses have designs on the capital’s Iron Throne, and an undead army is pushing against the boundary of civilization, known as the Wall.
Researchers once thought complex religion and society came about only after agriculture guaranteed early societies a food surplus.
The unprotected categories include social class, occupation, continental origin, political ideology, appearance, religion, age, or country.
Keep in mind that the U.S. Constitution was written by people who came to this land to get away from kings that told them how and where and to whom they were allowed to pray, and what religion they were allowed to practice.
According to Kubitschek, Islam is a religion to be respected at its origin.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'religion'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
RELIGION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of religion for English Language Learners
: the belief in a god or in a group of gods
: an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods
: an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group
RELIGION Defined for Kids
Definition of religion for Students
1 : the belief in and worship of God or gods
2 : a system of religious beliefs and practices
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up religion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).