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Religion re�li�gion

Pronunciation: ri-'li-j&n
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English religioun, from Latin religion-, religio supernatural constraint, sanction, religious practice, perhaps from religare to restrain, tie back -- more at RELY
Date: 13th century

  1. a : the state of a religious <a nun in her 20th year of religion>
    b (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural
       (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
  2. a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
  3. archaic : scrupulous conformity : CONSCIENTIOUSNESS
  4. a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

    - re�li�gion�less adjective

Synonyms creed, cult, faith, persuasion

from Merriam-Webster Dictionary

 

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Resources

AFF: "Terms: cult"
AFF: "Terms: religion
Langone, Michael, Ph.D.: "Definitional Ambiguity"
Langone, Michael, Ph.D.: "On Using the Term "Cult"

 

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