Definition of henotheism in English:


Syllabification: hen·o·the·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈhenōTHēˌizəm, ˌhenōˈTHē-


  • Adherence to one particular god out of several, especially by a family, tribe, or other group.
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    • Some Indologists labeled the Hinduism they encountered polytheistic; others even coined new terms, like henotheism, to describe this baffling array of spiritual traditions.
    • Bottero's concise explanation of henotheism clarifies how a pantheon, with its bewildering myriad of gods, becomes personalised through personal preference for a single deity.
    • Probably the initial development of henotheism is in the idea of a patron deity for a city or country.


mid 19th century: from Greek heis, heno- 'one' + theos 'god' + -ism.

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