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Belief in the supremacy of one god without denying the existence of others.

[Greek heno- (from heis, hen-, one; see sem- in Indo-European roots) + Greek theos, god; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots + -ism.]

hen′o·the′ist n.
hen′o·the·is′tic adj.


(Alternative Belief Systems) the worship of one deity (of several) as the special god of one's family, clan, or tribe
[C19: from Greek heis one + theos god]
ˈhenotheist n
ˌhenotheˈistic adj


(ˈhɛn ə θiˌɪz əm)

the worship of a particular god without disbelieving in the existence of others.
[1855–60; < Greek heno-, comb. form of hén one (neuter of heîs) + theism]
hen′o•the`ist, n.
hen`o•the•is′tic, adj.


a belief in one suprème or specially venerated god who is not the only god. — henotheist, n.
See also: God and Gods
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This belief in henotheism renders Hindus unable to accept the legitimacy of truth claims made by monotheistic religions that only one God exists and considers worshiping several deities idolatrous.
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Initially, Freud echoes James Breasted's view that there was a tendency toward henotheism (a nonexclusive form of monotheism) already before the time of Akhenaten.
Attempts by other scholars to introduce such terms as henotheism or monolatry were inadequate, Rowley believed, to describe the deep inner logic belonging to Israel's claim that the one Lord God was superior to all other divine or human powers.
The Master of the Cosmos is not chthonic, and Judaism cannot slouch toward henotheism, the belief that divinity is linked to a specific place and people.
The variety of Hindu gods that are used as Holy Names is not necessarily indicative of polytheism but, according to Hans Kung, is more properly identified with henotheism, the veneration of one God and the quasi-Divine veneration of other figures.
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Religious ideology and religious practice must, first, over the long millennia gradually get the objective world organized and unified, for example by gradually moving from animism to polytheism, to henotheism and monotheism and then to naturalism.