the·​ism | \ ˈthē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce theism (audio) \

Definition of theism

: belief in the existence of a god or gods specifically : belief in the existence of one God viewed as the creative source of the human race and the world who transcends yet is immanent in the world

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Other Words from theism

theistic \ thē-​ˈi-​stik How to pronounce theism (audio) \ or less commonly theistical \ thē-​ˈi-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce theism (audio) \ adjective
theistically \ thē-​ˈi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce theism (audio) \ adverb

Examples of theism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thoreau moves fluidly between the two, shuttling between the divine and the here-and-now, between theism and materialism. Longreads, "Late in Life, Thoreau Became a Serious Darwinist," 13 July 2017 Some theologians seemed to reject traditional notions of theism, even arguing that Jesus should be seen more as a human role model than an actual deity. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "Peter Berger, Theologian Who Fought ‘God Is Dead’ Movement, Dies at 88," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of theism

1678, in the meaning defined above

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“Theism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of theism

: the belief that God exists or that many gods exist

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