Definitions for religionrɪˈlɪdʒ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•li•gionrɪˈlɪdʒ ən(n.)

  1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usu. involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code for the conduct of human affairs.

    Category: Religion

  2. a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects:

    the Christian religion.

    Category: Religion

  3. the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices:

    a world council of religions.

    Category: Religion

  4. the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.:

    to enter religion.

    Category: Religion

  5. the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.

    Category: Religion

  6. something a person believes in and follows devotedly.

  7. Archaic. strict faithfulness; devotion.

Idioms for religion:

  1. get religion, to become religious; acquire religious convictions. to resolve to mend one's errant ways.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of religion:

1150–1200; religioun < L religiō conscientiousness, piety <religāre to tie, fasten (re-re - +ligāre to bind, tie; cf. ligament )

re•li′gion•less(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. religion, faith, religious belief(noun)

    a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny

    "he lost his faith but not his morality"

  2. religion, faith, organized religion(noun)

    an institution to express belief in a divine power

    "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. religion(noun)ɪˈlɪdʒ ən

    belief in a god, or a system of beliefs centered around a god

    religions of the world; What is your religion?

Wiktionary

  1. religion(Noun)

    The belief in and worship of a supernatural controlling power, especially a personal god or gods.

    My brother tends to value religion, but my sister not as much.

  2. religion(Noun)

    A particular system of faith and worship.

    Islam is a major religion in parts of Asia and Africa.

  3. religion(Noun)

    The way of life committed to by monks and nuns.

    The monk entered religion when he was 20 years of age.

  4. religion(Noun)

    Any practice that someone or some group is seriously devoted to.

    At this point, Star Trek has really become a religion.

  5. religion(Noun)

    Faithfulness to a given principle; conscientiousness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Religion(noun)

    the outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the Jews; the religion of idol worshipers

  2. Religion(noun)

    specifically, conformity in faith and life to the precepts inculcated in the Bible, respecting the conduct of life and duty toward God and man; the Christian faith and practice

  3. Religion(noun)

    a monastic or religious order subject to a regulated mode of life; the religious state; as, to enter religion

  4. Religion(noun)

    strictness of fidelity in conforming to any practice, as if it were an enjoined rule of conduct

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Religion

    a sense, affecting the whole character and life, of dependence on, reverence for, and responsibility to a Higher Power; or a mode of thinking, feeling, and acting which respects, trusts in, and strives after God, and determines a man's duty and destiny in this universe, or "the manner in which a man feels himself to be spiritually related to the unseen world."

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. religion

    Philosophy touched with emotion.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Religion

    A set of beliefs concerning the nature, cause, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency. It usually involves devotional and ritual observances and often a moral code for the conduct of human affairs. (Random House Collegiate Dictionary, rev. ed.)

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. RELIGION

    A cloak used by some persons in this world who will be warm enough without one in the next.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'religion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2352

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'religion' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2857

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'religion' in Nouns Frequency: #899


Translations for religion

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

religion(noun)

a belief in, or the worship of, a god or gods.

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