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 religion (audio) \ adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web As a result, younger generations are less likely to rely on prayer, less likely to have grown up in Black churches and less likely to say religion is an important part of their lives, the report said. NBC News, 10 June 2021 But religion is often the proxy for those disputes, pitting two different ethnicities and religions. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2021 For example, 21% said religion is very important in their lives, compared with 41% of U.S. adults overall. David Crary, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 And like most services in organized religion, the experience was at times moving, at times overblown and at times confusing. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Apr. 2021 The former has roots in religion while the latter was coined by an astrologer. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Its population of about 54 million includes many ethnic groups, including Rohingya Muslims, but the main religion is Buddhism. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 Raising her four daughters and young son by dint of loans, limited family legacies and hand-me-downs, Alice of Greece would eventually seek solace in religion and become a nun. Time, 9 Apr. 2021 But for all the fear and bluster around Satanism, the actual religion is not well-understood. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 31 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of religion was in the 13th century

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12 Jun 2021

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“Religion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religion. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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