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The belief that there are more gods than one.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "polytheism":

  1. But here, as in the former instance, the change is not effected suddenly; the human mind advances gradually from Polytheism to Monotheism, through the intermediate stage of the idea of Immutability or Destiny,- an idea suggested partly by the study of the invariable order of Nature, and partly by the irresistible domination of one great temporal power, such as the iron empire of Rome. - "Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws", James Buchanan.
  2. Thus heathenism still held the key of the position, and constantly threatened to convict them of polytheism. - "The Arian Controversy", H. M. Gwatkin.
  3. It was this growth of positive knowledge which principally determined the next transition in the theological conception of the universe, from Polytheism to Monotheism. - "Auguste Comte and Positivism", John-Stuart Mill.