religion

[ ri-lij-uh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF religion

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RELIGION

Aspasia remained in Athens, triumphant over the laws of religion and morality.

The influences of religion have been multiplied and strengthened.

There is a moral, and a religion too, even in the silent walls.

I wish it were possible to speak of God without the implication of dealing with religion.

The minute you touch on religion, as commonly understood, you reach the sectarian.

Religion would be better than endurable in the company of such an embodiment of it!

Flossy, I do believe nobody was ever so much changed by religion as you have been.

How little hope there is in the commoner phases of religion!

Young people are ripe for love long before they are ripe for religion.

The words were uttered with a subtle renunciation that was this man's religion.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "state of life bound by monastic vows," also "conduct indicating a belief in a divine power," from Anglo-French religiun (11c.), Old French religion "piety, devotion; religious community," and directly from Latin religionem (nominative religio) "respect for what is sacred, reverence for the gods; conscientiousness, sense of right, moral obligation; fear of the gods; divine service, religious observance; a religion, a faith, a mode of worship, cult; sanctity, holiness," in Late Latin "monastic life" (5c.).

According to Cicero derived from relegere "go through again" (in reading or in thought), from re- "again" (see re-) + legere "read" (see lecture (n.)). However, popular etymology among the later ancients (Servius, Lactantius, Augustine) and the interpretation of many modern writers connects it with religare "to bind fast" (see rely), via notion of "place an obligation on," or "bond between humans and gods." In that case, the re- would be intensive. Another possible origin is religiens "careful," opposite of negligens. In English, meaning "particular system of faith" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "recognition of and allegiance in manner of life (perceived as justly due) to a higher, unseen power or powers" is from 1530s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR RELIGION

polytheism

nounbelief in more than one god
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