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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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