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monotheism

Syllabification: mon·o·the·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈmänōˌTHēizəm
 
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Definition of monotheism in English:

noun

The doctrine or belief that there is only one God.
Example sentences
  • Once the option for religion has been made, the only serious alternatives are pantheism and monotheism.
  • This monotheism, this religion of the one, of course has universal appeal.
  • In a contest with polytheism, monotheism is likely to prevail, and one who comes to hold that many natural phenomena were created intentionally probably will come to believe in God.

Origin

mid 17th century: from mono- 'one' + Greek theos 'god' + -ism.

Derivatives

monotheist

1
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • All that they require, by the way, is a belief in a Supreme Being - a monotheist god or absolute reality.
  • One of the most poignant stories of the Torah tells us about Abraham, the first monotheist, and his relationship with God.
  • As staunch monotheists, for example, they saw the entire universe as the seamless work of God.

monotheistic

2
Pronunciation: /ˌmänəTHēˈistik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The sun cult was monotheistic and was in harmony with a pagan movement of the day to worship the Summus Deus - the God who is supreme.
  • It is one of the ancient monotheistic religions, and their tradition was transmitted orally.
  • From ancient times to the present, various forms of monotheistic faith have repeatedly unleashed tremendous energies for both good and ill.

monotheistically

3
Pronunciation: /ˌmänəTHēˈistik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • They couldn't really touch it, so it couldn't be anything but grand and comforting on some monotheistically mythical scale.

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