henotheism, a polytheism which assigns to one god of the pantheon superiority over the rest.
In contrast with 'henotheism' or 'monolatry,' such as the worship of the early Hebrews.
It would thus appear almost as if all gods are one god to Mr. Frazer by a kind of scientific 'henotheism.'
There was no henotheism, no worship of several single supreme deities: One only was supreme.
It marks the highest point to which the Hebrew race attained in its progress from henotheism to monotheism.
1860, from Greek henos, neuter of eis "one" (from PIE *sem- "one, as one") + theism. Devotion to a single god without asserting that he is the only god. Coined by (Friedrich) Max Müller (1823-1900), professor of comparative philology at Oxford. Related: Henotheist.