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deism

[dee-iz-uh m] /ˈdi ɪz əm/
noun
1.
belief in the existence of a God on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation (distinguished from theism).
2.
belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < French déisme < Latin de(us) god + French -isme -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for deism

deism

/ˈdiːɪzəm; ˈdeɪ-/
noun
1.
belief in the existence of God based solely on natural reason, without reference to revelation Compare theism
Derived Forms
deist, noun, adjective
deistic, deistical, adjective
deistically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French déisme, from Latin deus god
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Word Origin and History for deism
deism
1680s (deist is from 1620s), from Fr. déisme, from L. deus "god" (see Zeus). Until c.1700, opposed to atheism, in a sense where we would now use theism (see theist).
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deism in Culture
deism [(dee-iz-uhm)]

The belief that God has created the universe but remains apart from it and permits his creation to administer itself through natural laws. Deism thus rejects the supernatural aspects of religion, such as belief in revelation in the Bible, and stresses the importance of ethical conduct. In the eighteenth century, numerous important thinkers held deist beliefs. (See clockwork universe.)

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