Mithraism


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Mith·ra·ism

 (mĭth′rə-ĭz′əm, -rā-)
n.
A religion based on the worship of Mithras that was especially popular among the Roman military and a strong rival to Christianity during the late Roman Empire.

Mith·ra′ic (mĭ-thrā′ĭk) adj.
Mith·ra′ist n.
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Mithraism

(ˈmɪθreɪˌɪzəm) or

Mithraicism

n
(Other Non-Christian Religions) the ancient Persian religion of Mithras. It spread to the Roman Empire during the first three centuries ad
Mithraic, ˌMithraˈistic adj
ˈMithraist n, adj
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Mith•ra•ism

(ˈmɪθ rəˌɪz əm)

n.
an ancient religion in which Mithras was worshipped: a rival of Christianity in the Roman Empire.
Mith•ra′ic (-ˈreɪ ɪk) Mith`ra•is′tic, adj.
Mith′ra•ist, n.
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Mithraism

an oriental mystery cult, admitting only men, whose deity was Mithras, the savior hero of Persian myth. — Mithraist, n.Mithraic, adj.
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Noun1.Mithraism - ancient Persian religionMithraism - ancient Persian religion; popular among Romans during first three centuries a.d.
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"
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Translations

Mithraism

[ˈmɪθreɪɪzəm] Nmitraísmo m
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