Polytheism
Polytheism Pol"y*the*ism, n. [Poly- + Gr. ? cf. F. polyth['e]isme.] The doctrine of, or belief in, a plurality of gods. [1913 Webster]

In the Old Testament, the gradual development of polytheism from the primitive monotheism may be learned. --Shaff-Herzog. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Polytheism — • The belief in, and consequent worship of, many gods. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Polytheism     Polytheism     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • polytheism — (n.) 1610s, from Fr. polythéisme (16c.), formed from Gk. polytheos of many gods, from polys many (see POLY (Cf. poly )) + theos god (see THEA (Cf. Thea)). Polytheist first attested 1610s …   Etymology dictionary

  • polytheism — ► NOUN ▪ the belief in or worship of more than one god. DERIVATIVES polytheist noun polytheistic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek polutheos of many gods …   English terms dictionary

  • polytheism — [päl′i thē iz΄əm, päl΄i thē′iz΄əm] n. [Fr polythéisme < Gr polytheos, of many gods < poly , many (see POLY ) + theos, god: see THEO ] belief in or worship of many gods, or more than one god: opposed to MONOTHEISM polytheist [päl′i thēist]… …   English World dictionary

  • Polytheism — Egyptians Gods …   Wikipedia

  • polytheism — polytheist, n. polytheistic, polytheistical, adj. polytheistically, adv. /pol ee thee iz euhm, pol ee thee iz euhm/, n. the doctrine of or belief in more than one god or in many gods. [1605 15; POLY + THEISM; cf. F polythéisme] * * * Belief in… …   Universalium

  • Polytheism — the view that there is one or more gods or goddesses.[13] More specifically, it may also mean the belief in God, a god, or gods, who is/are actively involved in maintaining the Universe. A theist can also take the position that he does not have… …   Mini philosophy glossary

  • polytheism —    This term (from the Greek polys, meaning many, and theos, meaning God ) refers to belief in and worship of several different gods, who are often envisioned as having different functions in the world. Polytheism is contrasted withmonotheism,… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • polytheism — noun Etymology: French polytheisme, from Late Greek polytheos polytheistic, from Greek, of many gods, from poly + theos god Date: 1613 belief in or worship of more than one god • polytheist adjective or noun • polytheistic also polytheistical… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polytheism — noun /pɒliˈθiˈĭzˈəm The belief of the existence of many gods …   Wiktionary

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