religion

noun
re·​li·​gion | \ ri-ˈli-jən How to pronounce religion (audio) \

Definition of religion

1a : the state of a religious a nun in her 20th year of religion
b(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

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Other Words from religion

religionless \ ri-​ˈli-​jən-​ləs How to pronounce religionless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for religion

Synonyms

credo, creed, cult, faith, persuasion

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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.
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While many coming-of-age shows focus on romantic love triangles and trying to find a place in the school cafeteria, CAOS tackles a theme that many teen series have yet to tap into: religion. Jasmine Arielle Ting, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Shows That There's Power in Questioning Your Religion," 5 Apr. 2019 Those events helped radicalize Simone, whose irreproducible arc took her from playing in church to studying at Julliard to jazz clubs and then fame, and whose personal journey ranged from religion to sultry romance to full-throated, righteous rage. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019 Elements of their spiritual religion may be Jewish, but Black Hebrews were not eligible to claim citizenship under Israel’s Law of Return, which allows those who have Jewish ancestry to immigrate. Vogue, "Yosheva Jones, Tel Aviv’s Most In-Demand Face, on Growing Up As a Black Hebrew," 27 Mar. 2019 Every culture and religion has their own traditions for Palm Sunday. Marie Milano, Country Living, "When Is Palm Sunday, and Why Does the Date Always Change?," 8 Mar. 2019 Roberts argued in the majority opinion that Trump’s policy is constitutional because it was based on national security concerns rather than race or religion. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "1944 Korematsu opinion on Japanese American internment is tossed out," 26 June 2018 No,’ when asked by U.S. immigration authorities whether he ever had persecuted anyone on the basis of their ethnic background, race, or religion. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "'The only good Krahn man is a dead Krahn man': How culpable is Delco resident for ethnic atrocities in Liberia?," 22 June 2018 Just by the nature of the events, both hosts and foreign fans often learn to try on different identities, rising above differences over race, religion, or nationality. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Russians may bare their teeth at the World Cup," 13 June 2018 The main reason for that, Ms Mason argues, is a growing correlation between partisan and other important identities, concerning race, religion and so on. The Economist, "The primeval tribalism of American politics," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of religion

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for religion

Middle English religioun, from Anglo-French religiun, Latin religion-, religio supernatural constraint, sanction, religious practice, perhaps from religare to restrain, tie back — more at rely

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religion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of religion

: 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
informal : an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group

religion

noun
re·​li·​gion | \ ri-ˈli-jən How to pronounce religion (audio) \

Kids Definition of religion

1 : the belief in and worship of God or gods
2 : a system of religious beliefs and practices

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