religion

noun re·li·gion \ ri-ˈli-jən \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of religion

1 a : 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

religionless

play \ri-ˈli-jən-ləs\ adjective

Examples of religion in a Sentence

  1. Many people turn to religion for comfort in a time of crisis.

  2. There are many religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

  3. Shinto is a religion that is unique to Japan.

  4. Hockey is a religion in Canada.

  5. Politics are a religion to him.

  6. Where I live, high school football is religion.

  7. Food is religion in this house.

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Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for English Language Learners

religion

noun

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

religion

noun re·li·gion \ ri-ˈli-jən \

Definition of religion for Students

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


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