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pol·y·the·ism

 (pŏl′ē-thē-ĭz′əm, pŏl′ē-thē′ĭz-əm)
n.
The worship of or belief in more than one god.

[French polythéisme, from Greek polutheos, polytheistic : polu-, poly- + theos, god; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.]

pol′y·the′ist n.
pol′y·the·is′tic adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polytheist - one who believes in a plurality of gods
theist - one who believes in the existence of a god or gods
Translations
PolytheistPolytheistin
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