Definition of polytheism in English:

polytheism

Line breaks: poly|the¦ism
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒlɪˌθiːɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • The belief in or worship of more than one god: the polytheism of the ancient Near East
    More example sentences
    • He purges them of all traces of polytheism, idol worship and superstition and all that is associated with these rituals, habits and traditions which are unworthy of man.
    • The nineteenth century notions of the evolution of religion from primitive animism to polytheism to monotheism have been falsified in tribe after tribe all over the world.
    • To have your ultimate concern distributed in different directions is like polytheism - worship of many divinities.

Derivatives

polytheist

noun
More example sentences
  • Islam does condemn in the strongest terms the beliefs and the practices of the polytheists and the idol worshippers, but it nowhere permits a Muslim to deal arrogantly or unjustly with them.
  • In their view, many people who claim to be monotheists are actually polytheists and idolaters.
  • Their abattoirs employ machine slaughter wherever possible and do not hesitate to employ pagans and polytheists, e.g. Chinese, Koreans, etc. to carry our slaughter.

polytheistic

Pronunciation: /-ˈɪstɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • The religion of the mudang was polytheistic and somewhat animistic.
  • An important point according to Avalos is that monotheistic religions offered fewer health-care options than polytheistic religions.
  • Hinduism is both polytheistic and monotheistic.

Origin

early 17th century: from French polythéisme, from Greek polutheos 'of many gods', from polu- 'many' + theos 'god'.

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