What does religion mean?

Definitions for religion
rɪˈlɪdʒ ənre·li·gion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word religion.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. religion, faith, religious beliefnoun

    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 religionnoun

    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. religionnoun

    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. religionnoun

    A particular system of faith and worship.

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

  3. religionnoun

    The way of life committed to by monks and nuns.

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

  4. religionnoun

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

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

  5. religionnoun

    Faithfulness to a given principle; conscientiousness.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RELIGIONnoun

    Etymology: religion, Fr. religio, Lat.

    He that is void of fear, may soon be just,
    And no religion binds men to be traitors. Ben Jonson.

    One spake much of right and wrong,
    Of justice, of religion, truth and peace
    And judgment from above. John Milton.

    If we consider it as directed against God, it is a breach of religion; if as to men, it is an offence against morality. South.

    By her inform’d, we best religion learn,
    Its glorious object by her aid discern. Richard Blackmore.

    Religion or virtue, in a large sense, includes duty to God and our neighbour; but in a proper sense, virtue signifies duty towards men, and religion duty to God. Isaac Watts.

    The image of a brute, adorn’d
    With gay religions, full of pomp and gold. John Milton.

    The christian religion, rightly understood, is the deepest and choicest piece of philosophy that is. More.

    The doctrine of the gospel proposes to men such glorious rewards and such terrible punishments as no religion ever did, and gives us far greater assurance of their reality and certainty than ever the world had. John Tillotson.

Wikipedia

  1. Religion

    Religion is usually defined as a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, beliefs, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that generally relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, and spiritual elements—although there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion. Different religions may or may not contain various elements ranging from the divine, sacredness, faith, and a supernatural being or beings.Religious practices may include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of deities or saints), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, matrimonial and funerary services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, and/or public service. Religions have sacred histories and narratives, which may be preserved in sacred texts, symbols and holy places, that primarily aim to give life meaning. Religions may contain symbolic tales that may attempt to explain the origin of life, the universe, and other phenomena; some followers believe these to be true stories. Traditionally, both faith and reason have been considered sources of religious beliefs.There are an estimated 10,000 distinct religions worldwide, though nearly all of them have regionally based, relatively small followings. Four religions—Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism—account for over 77% of the world's population, and 92% of the world either follows one of those four religions or identifies as nonreligious, meaning that the remaining 9,000+ faiths account for only 8% of the population combined. The religiously unaffiliated demographic includes those who do not identify with any particular religion, atheists, and agnostics, although many in the demographic still have various religious beliefs. A portion of the population, mostly located in Africa and Asia, are members of new religious movements. Scholars have indicated that global religiosity may be increasing due to religious countries having generally higher birth rates.The study of religion comprises a wide variety of academic disciplines, including theology, philosophy of religion, comparative religion, and social scientific studies. Theories of religion offer various explanations for its origins and workings, including the ontological foundations of religious being and belief.

ChatGPT

  1. religion

    Religion is a system of beliefs, practices, and moral codes that often revolve around perceived notions about the universe, existence, and human life. It often involves devotion or worship of a deity or deities, and typically encompasses rituals, narratives, symbols, and laws. Many religions encourage personal spirituality, offer narratives explaining the origin of life, and provide guidance for ethical living.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Religionnoun

    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. Religionnoun

    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. Religionnoun

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

  4. Religionnoun

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

  5. 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?

How to say religion in sign language?

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. Hussam Al Roustom:

    Islam is the religion of peace, islam is not terrorism.

  2. Howard Finster:

    God called me here. I'm interested in every human being in this world, i didn't come here to put nothin' on nobody, push nothin' on nobody. I didn't come here to take nothin' away from nobody. I didn't come here to start some new kind of religion.

  3. Enes Kanter:

    What Im doing is huge because Im talking about human rights, im talking about democracy, freedom, freedom of speech, religion, and expression. Im talking about justice. So, just because Im talking about these issues and that stuff, Im going to get threats?Ill take that. Ill be OK having security next to me 24/7. But those issues that Im talking about isway bigger than Enes Kanter and basketball.

  4. Ja Khun Ya:

    All the displaced are looking forward to the new government to create (a country) where everyone is able to live happily and peacefully regardless of their race and religion.

  5. Eldridge Cleaver:

    The Twist was a guided missile, launched from the ghetto into the very heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion, and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books.

Popularity rank by frequency of use

religion#1#2021#10000

Translations for religion

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for religion »

Translation

Find a translation for the religion definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"religion." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 21 Apr. 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/religion>.

Discuss these religion definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Are we missing a good definition for religion? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    denote or connote
    A inspire
    B blur
    C signify
    D emerge

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for religion: