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 (pŏl′ē-thē-ĭz′əm, pŏl′ē-thē′ĭz-əm)
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.
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Noun1.polytheist - one who believes in a plurality of gods
theist - one who believes in the existence of a god or gods
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For those who are evolutionists and not creationists, do not believe in god, mono or polytheist, we all evolve from the Mother whose skull was found in the Rift Valley, Africa, from where we spread all the way to India and Sri Lanka and the rest of the globe.
IS spokesperson Abu Hassan al Muhajir said, 'This slaughter in those two mosques is no more than another tragedy among past and coming tragedies, which will be followed by scenes of force that reach all who were tricked [in] to living among the polytheist. The scenes of death in the two mosques are enough to wake up from sleep and incite the supporters of the caliphate who live there, to take vengeance for their religion and for sons of their Ummah, who are killed everywhere in the world.'
Most important, they succeeded in downgrading takfir from "one of the manifest principles of the religion" to "one of the requirements of the religion," thereby creating room for reasonable disagreement as to who is a "polytheist" and who is not.
Yazid recited the blasphemous poetic verses of Abdullah bin Zab'ari Sahmi which he had composed while he was an unbeliever and also added some poetic verses of his own and said openly that he wanted to take revenge upon the descendants of Muhammad because Muhammad and his companions had killed his polytheist ancestors.
They venerate in saint-like passion shrines that house the tombs of Sufi holy men, a practice condemned by radical Muslims as idolatry and dubbed by them as 'mushrikin' or polytheist. Their influence is expansive, even including, for a while, Filipino Muslims.
Saifullah Khalid, opens Hindu Customs Among Muslims with a prefatory avowal that the "Hindu is the worst polytheist and propagator of Polytheism in the world....It is deplorable that today's Muslim is imitating and emulating the unholy and ugly Hindus like anything." (39) After reciting several ways in which Muslims have taken on Hindu habits, he concludes that "it is difficult to tell a Muslim from a Hindu." (40) Bin Muhammad begins this exposition by declaring that many changes occur when a person truly embraces Islam, the most important of which regards the selection of friends and identification of enemies.
The verses that immediately precede it are about an ultimatum to the polytheist enemies: They had four months of free passage, and after that time, unless there were existing treaties, they were to consider themselves as being in a state of full-scale war with the Muslims.
There are all over the continents material and spiritual proofs which reflect the birth, the evolution and the amplitude of many religions, either being considered monotheist or polytheist. (Braniste and Braniste, 2010) Related to these, there were as well, contoured manifests of people for discovering, understanding and practicing them.
It has been observed that the concept of Paganism is closely related to the ritual of the worship of eikons and shapes that symbolise divine essences in polytheist religious traditions.
And as for 'common ground; don't all religions, including polytheist, subscribe to the Golden Rule notion?
He became a covert polytheist. For years he attended Christian churches and carefully studied the Gospels, but in private his affections moved steadily toward the old gods.
While their polytheist opponents, such as Libanius and Eunapius, viewed the monks' behavior as beastly, their admirers celebrated their attacks on Jews, "pagans," and "heretics." The permeability of communal boundaries in practice only enhanced the imaginative appeal of stories about the temple-bashing monks of Syria and Egypt.