Definition of Mithraism in English:

Mithraism

Line breaks: Mith¦ra|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪθrəˌɪz(ə)m
 
, ˈmɪθreɪ-/

noun

[mass noun]
The cult of the god Mithras, which became popular among Roman soldiers of the later empire, and was the main rival to Christianity in the first three centuries ad.
More example sentences
  • He intentionally fudge the edges of Christianity, Mithraism, and the cult of Sol Invictus.
  • Another competing though short-lived religion was that of Mithraism, with its many parallels to Christianity.
  • There were four main spheres of religious belief in Roman Britain: the official Roman state religion; the Celtic cults; oriental beliefs, of which the most popular was Mithraism; and Christianity.

Derivatives

Mithraic

Pronunciation: /-ˈθreɪɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • The choice of December 25 was probably influenced by the fact that on this day the Romans celebrated the Mithraic feast of the Sun-god, and that the Saturnalia also came at this time.
  • The pre-Islamic Iran had Zoroastrian, Mithraic, Shaivite and Buddhist followers.
  • Christianity was able to make great strides in recruiting converts and competing with other sects, such as the Mithraic religion.

Mithraist

noun
More example sentences
  • In this regard it is intriguing to find Justin accusing the Mithraists of imitating Christian ritual in their use of bread and water.
  • The Mithraists evidently believed that they were reborn through the consumption of bread and wine.
  • The Mithraists observed weekly sabbath days and celebrated the Eucharist by eating wafers marked with a cross.

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