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Zoroastrianism

[zawr-oh-as-tree-uh-niz-uh m, zohr-] /ˌzɔr oʊˈæs tri əˌnɪz əm, ˌzoʊr-/
noun
1.
an Iranian religion, founded c600 b.c. by Zoroaster, the principal beliefs of which are in the existence of a supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, and in a cosmic struggle between a spirit of good, Spenta Mainyu, and a spirit of evil, Angra Mainyu.
Also, Zoroastrism.
Also called Mazdaism.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; Zoroastrian + -ism
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Zoroastrianism

/ˌzɒrəʊˈæstrɪənˌɪzəm/
noun
1.
the dualistic religion founded by the Persian prophet Zoroaster in the late 7th or early 6th centuries bc and set forth in the sacred writings of the Zend-Avesta. It is based on the concept of a continuous struggle between Ormazd (or Ahura Mazda), the god of creation, light, and goodness, and his arch enemy, Ahriman, the spirit of evil and darkness, and it includes a highly developed ethical code Also called Mazdaism
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Word Origin and History for Zoroastrianism
n.

1854, from Zoroastrian + -ism.

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