Definition of religion in English:


Line breaks: re|li¦gion
Pronunciation: /rɪˈlɪdʒ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods: ideas about the relationship between science and religion
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    • The freedom to manifest religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching encompasses a broad range of acts.
    • The secularization debate is primarily concerned with the role or power of religion and churches in society.
    • Bonaparte, however, had never made the mistake of underestimating either the power of religion or the resilience of the Church.
    faith, belief, divinity, worship, creed, teaching, doctrine, theology; sect, cult, religious group, faith community, church, denomination, body, following, persuasion, affiliation
  • 1.1 [count noun] A particular system of faith and worship: the world’s great religions
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    • No organized religion preaches murder and hatred of innocent people.
    • The official state religion is Roman Catholicism, but Evangelical Protestant movements are making converts among traditional Catholic believers.
    • Christianity is the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • 1.2 [count noun] A pursuit or interest followed with great devotion: consumerism is the new religion
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    • It's the backdrop because football is considered a religion worldwide and the most viewed game.
    • We've been told time and again that cricket is a religion in India.
    • In this city where rugby is a religion, there is the feeling that Moses has led them to the mountaintop.


get religion

informal Be converted to religious belief and practices: he got religion and gave his money to the poor
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  • When he got religion, it was framed as a rejection of the rest of his career, and he had to backpedal or move on (depending on how you look at it), before he had a chance to speak to his wider audience again.
  • Billboards used to ask us to get religion and go to ‘the church of [our] choice.’
  • Many people in rehab, and in defeat, get religion.



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  • But it was a religionless reading, and later he realized that the prophets cannot be understood apart from God.
  • When he says a religionless Christianity, he means what he in another context calls ‘this worldly Christianity’.
  • He championed a religionless kind of secular Christianity which he exemplified by his own life and his death in a concentration camp.


Middle English (originally in the sense 'life under monastic vows'): from Old French, or from Latin religio(n-) 'obligation, bond, reverence', perhaps based on Latin religare 'to bind'.

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