Definition of neopaganism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnēōˈpāɡiˌnizəm/


A modern religious movement that seeks to incorporate beliefs or ritual practices from traditions outside the main world religions, especially those of pre-Christian Europe and North America.

Neopaganism is a highly varied mixture of ancient and modern elements, in which nature worship (influenced by modern environmentalism) often plays a major role. Other influences include shamanism, magical and occult traditions, and radical feminist critiques of Christianity.

Example sentences
  • But now that neopaganism has joined the ranks of approved campus religious groups, this is beginning to be a minority view, expressed tentatively for fear of giving offense.
  • As one moves further from the Wiccan mainstream, neopaganism's eclectic quality - its status as a religion of appropriation - becomes yet more obvious.
  • Associate Editor Jesse Walker's ‘Inside the Spiritual Jacuzzi’ is a tour of new customized religions that range from attempts to fuse Judaism with Buddhism to neopaganism to something called the Hot Tub Mystery Religion.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • And the third, a lapsed neopagan, revived her religious practice online and was the only one of the three who stayed there.
  • I have often wondered if it dawns on neopagans why they are so dependent on rituals and ceremonies - from spells to drumming, chanting and dancing.
  • Today modern neopagans either celebrate it on the 1st or 2nd, the 2nd being more popular in America, perhaps because of a confusion with Candlemas.

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Syllabification: ne·o·pa·gan·ism

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