polytheism

[pol-ee-thee-iz-uh m, pol-ee-thee-iz-uh m] /ˈpɒl i θiˌɪz əm, ˌpɒl iˈθi ɪz əm/
noun
1.
the doctrine of or belief in more than one god or in many gods.
Origin
1605–15; poly- + theism; compare French polythéisme
Related forms
polytheist, noun
polytheistic, polytheistical, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for polytheism
polytheism (ˈpɒlɪθiːˌɪzəm, ˌpɒlɪˈθiːɪzəm)
 
n
the worship of or belief in more than one god
 
'polytheist
 
n
 
polythe'istic
 
adj
 
polythe'istically
 
adv

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Word Origin and History for polytheism
polytheism
1613, from Fr. polythéisme (16c.), formed from Gk. polytheos "of many gods," from polys "many" (see poly-) + theos "god" (see Thea). Polytheist first attested 1619.
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polytheism in Culture

polytheism definition


The belief in more than one god. The ancient Greeks, for example, were polytheists; their gods included Apollo, Athena, Dionysus, and Zeus. (Compare monotheism.)

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