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"a form of polytheism characteristic of the Vedic religion, in which one god at a time is considered supreme," 1865, coined in Ger. by Max Müller from Gk. kath' hena "one by one" + theism. Müller also coined henotheism (1860), from Gk. henos "one," for "faith
in a single god" as distinguished from exclusive belief in only one god, in writings on early Hebrew religion.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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