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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Recent Examples on the Web

No religion or media or bully can convince me that true love is unnatural. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Ari Lennox Claps Back At Homophobic People: 'If You Don’t Support LGBTQ Community, You Don’t Support Me'," 3 Sep. 2019 Many religions urge their adherents to be charitable toward those in need. Heather D. Curtis, The Conversation, "How American Christian media promoted charity abroad," 3 Sep. 2019 Her extraordinary record of public service shows her ability to work with all people regardless of race, religion or party affiliation. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama NAACP calls on Gov. Kay Ivey to resign over blackface skit from 1967," 29 Aug. 2019 Joe was really upset in respect to the religion stuff. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Dan's funeral: An oral history of the greatest Big Brother moment ever," 29 Aug. 2019 Russian efforts often targeted groups based on race or religion, such as Black Lives Matter or Evangelical Christians. Claire Wardle, Scientific American, "Misinformation Has Created a New World Disorder," 20 Aug. 2019 In speeches and on social media, the president has capitalized on divisions of race, religion and identity as a political strategy to galvanize support among his white followers. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric looms over El Paso massacre," 4 Aug. 2019 Among them were militias and white racists who had really radical ideas about the federal government, race and religion. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019 Some of Schneiter’s posts focus on race and religion. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deputy prison warden posts Facebook meme that compares Muslim children to garbage," 17 July 2019

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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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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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