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 (mĭth′rə-ĭz′əm, -rā-)
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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Adj.1.Mithraic - of or relating to Mithraism or its godmithraic - of or relating to Mithraism or its god
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[mɪθˈreɪɪk] ADJmitraico
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This deity, which his name has come even in older eras in Rig Wada as one of the mighty gods of Hinduism and in Bogazkouy tablets as well, belonging to Mitani culture, his name is used as a sacred oath, went through the Roman Empire in early BC's and until the formal recognition of Christianity, his rituals as a solar god become one of the prominent religions of Roman Empire that many lithographic and Mithraeums relating to Mithraic religion, especially in eastern Europe countries and the Balkans, verify this claim.
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