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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But for much else in polytheism and monotheism it is of more limited value.
▪ By the Edict of Milan, promulgated in 313, he forbade persecution of all forms of monotheism in the Empire.
▪ Pure monotheism was by then securely established in the Second Temple of Jerusalem, but remained shaky elsewhere.
▪ The compulsive drive towards a mystical mode of religion is particularly interesting in the three faiths of historical monotheism.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Monotheism \Mon"o*the*ism\, n. [Mono- + Gr. ? god: cf. F. monoth['e]isme.] The doctrine or belief that there is but one God.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"belief that there is but one god," 1650s, from Greek mono-, comb. form of monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + theos "a god" (see theo-).


n. The belief in a single deity (one god or goddess); especially within an organized religion.


n. belief in a single God [ant: polytheism]


Monotheism has been defined as the belief in the existence of one god or in the oneness of God. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church gives a more restricted definition: "belief in one personal and transcendent God", as opposed to polytheism and pantheism. A distinction may be made between exclusive monotheism, and both inclusive monotheism and pluriform ( panentheistic) monotheism which, while recognising many distinct gods, postulate some underlying unity.

Monotheism is distinguished from henotheism, a religious system in which the believer worships one god without denying that others may worship different gods with equal validity, and monolatrism, the recognition of the existence of many gods but with the consistent worship of only one deity.

Monotheism characterizes the traditions of Bábism, the Bahá'í Faith, Cao Dai (Caodaiism), Cheondoism (Cheondogyo), Christianity, Deism, Eckankar, Islam, Judaism, Mandaeism, Rastafari, Ravidassia religion, Seicho no Ie, Shaivism, Shaktism, Sikhism, Tengrism (Tangrism), Tenrikyo (Tenriism), Vaishnavism, and Zoroastrianism, and elements of pre-monotheistic thought are found in religions such as Ancient Chinese religion, Atenism, and Yahwism.*Zoroastrian Studies: The Iranian Religion and Various Monographs, 1928 – Page 31, A. V. Williams Jackson – 2003

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Usage examples of "monotheism".

Exactly in proportion as you turn monotheism into monism you turn it into despotism.

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The idea of one God, of a creative, productive, governing unity, resided in the earliest exertion of thought: and this monotheism of the primitive ages, makes every succeeding epoch, unless it be the present appear only as a stage in the progress of degeneracy and aberration Everywhere in the old faiths we find the idea of a supreme or presiding Deity.

And yet the advocates of Monotheism, Xenophanes and Heraclitus, declaimed only against the making of gods in human form.

Mohammed has been a favorite subject for comparison with Luther by the Catholics, but in truth, in no disparaging sense, the proclamation of Islam, with its monotheism, emphasis on faith and predestination, was very like the Reformation, and so were several later reforms within Mohammedanism, including two in the sixteenth century.

Other ideas or inventions missing from pre-Columbian societies were coined money, ethical monotheism, the idea of the experiment and, in general, writing.

Although Valis Regained draws heavily on the bitheism of the Qumran people, it basically presents another view, not syntonic to Horselover Fat: monotheism, with the notion that evil has no true existence of its own but borrows its existence, or is lent its existence, from the one God.

After flirting with bitheism for years I have settled down to monotheism.

This is the myth of Civilization, embodied in the monotheisms which assign soul to Man alone.