Zoroastrianism


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Zo·ro·as·tri·an·ism

 (zôr′ō-ăs′trē-ə-nĭz′əm)
n.
The religious system founded by Zoroaster and set forth in the Avesta, teaching the worship of Ahura Mazda in the context of a universal struggle between the forces of light and of darkness.

Zo′ro·as′tri·an adj. & n.

Zoroastrianism

(ˌzɒrəʊˈæstrɪənˌɪzəm) or

Zoroastrism

n
(Other Non-Christian Religions) 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

Zo•ro•as•tri•an•ism

(ˌzɔr oʊˈæs tri əˌnɪz əm, ˌzoʊr-)

also Zo`ro•as′trism,



n.
an Iranian religion, founded c600 b.c. by Zoroaster, based on beliefs in a supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, and a cosmic struggle between a spirit of good and a spirit of evil.
[1850–55]

Zoroastrianism

the doctrines and practices of a dualistic Iranian religion, especially the existence of a supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, and belief in a cosmic struggle between a spirit of good and light and a spirit of evil and darkness. Also called Zoroastrism, Zarathustrism, Mazdaism. — Zoroastrian, n., adj.
See also: Religion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Zoroastrianism - system of religion founded in Persia in the 6th century BC by ZoroasterZoroastrianism - system of religion founded in Persia in the 6th century BC by Zoroaster; set forth in the Zend-Avesta; based on concept of struggle between light (good) and dark (evil)
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
Parseeism, Parsiism - the faith of a Zoroastrian sect in India
Ahura - (Zoroastrianism) title for benevolent deities
Avestan - of or pertaining to the Avesta (sacred text of Zoroastrianism)
Translations

Zoroastrianism

[ˌzɒrəʊˈæstrɪənˌɪzəm] Nzoroastrismo m
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