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

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 The Chinese Communists aren’t trying to extirpate every last trace of theism, thereby inviting the undivided opposition of religious believers and institutions (as the Soviets did with regard to John Paul II’s Vatican). Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 21 Feb. 2021 Thoreau moves fluidly between the two, shuttling between the divine and the here-and-now, between theism and materialism. Longreads, 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, 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 16 May. 2022.

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