What does religion mean?

Definitions for religion
rɪˈlɪdʒ ənre·li·gion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word religion.

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"

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

    Etymology: [F., from L. religio; cf. religens pious, revering the gods, Gr. 'ale`gein to heed, have a care. Cf. Neglect.]

  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

    Etymology: [F., from L. religio; cf. religens pious, revering the gods, Gr. 'ale`gein to heed, have a care. Cf. Neglect.]

  3. Religion(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., from L. religio; cf. religens pious, revering the gods, Gr. 'ale`gein to heed, have a care. Cf. Neglect.]

  4. Religion(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., from L. religio; cf. religens pious, revering the gods, Gr. 'ale`gein to heed, have a care. Cf. Neglect.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Religion

    rē-lij′un, n. the recognition of supernatural powers and of the duty lying upon man to yield obedience to these: the performance of our duties of love and obedience towards God: piety: any system of faith and worship: sense of obligation or duty.—ns. Relig′ioner, Relig′ionary.—v.t. Relig′ionise, to imbue with religion.—v.i. to make profession of religion.—ns. Relig′ionism, Religios′ity, religiousness, religious sentimentality; Relig′ionist, one attached to a religion: a bigot.—adj. Relig′ionless, having no religion.—adv. Religiō′so (mus.), in a devotional manner.—Established religion, that form which is officially recognised by the state; Natural religion, that religion which is derived from nature and not revelation; Revealed religion, that which is derived from positive revelation by divinely inspired Scripture, or otherwise. [L. religio, -onisre-, back, ligāre, to bind.]

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

How to pronounce religion?

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How to say religion in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of religion in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of religion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of religion in a Sentence

  1. Emeasoba George:

    True love/Ideal love sees no difference nor colour, knows no race nor boundary. Even sex, religion, tribe nor language doesn't matter to him or her. Are you the one?

  2. Robyn Chiddister:

    I can’t believe that one individual can take away something so precious to so many, i’m so proud of our school system for standing up to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

  3. Lydia Mohamed:

    He was so traumatized that he had to cancel classes for a week, this situation has really touched me. It makes me want to bring everyone together, regardless of difference of skin color, religion, etc.

  4. Thomas John Watson, Sr.:

    Praising God is one of the highest and purest acts of religion. In prayer we act like men in praise we act like angels.

  5. Dedra Shannon:

    She said my poster is an issue of separation of church and state, she said the poster had to come down because it might offend kids from other religions or those who do not have a religion.

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