theopathy

Related to theopathy: psychotheism

theopathy

(θɪˈɒpəθɪ)
n
(Theology) religious emotion engendered by the contemplation of or meditation upon God
[C18: from theo- + -pathy, from sympathy]
theopathetic, theopathic adj
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theopathy

religious emotion or excitement caused by contemplation of God. — theopathetic, — theopathic, adj.
See also: God and Gods
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