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Definition of "henotheism" [hen•o•the•ism]

  • Belief in one god without denying the existence of others. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "henotheism" in a sentence
  • "Recently, while browsing through the dictionary, I came across the word henotheism, defined as "the worship of one of a group of gods, in contrast with monotheism, which teaches that only one god exists.""
  • "Monolatry is not the same thing as henotheism, which is the belief in and worship of one god without at the same time denying that other persons of different nations on this earth can with equal truth worship different gods."
  • "From this polytheistic position the people took a step forward to a state of mind which Professor Max Muller calls henotheism; that is, they believed in the real existence of many gods, but that they were under allegiance to only one, their national Deity, and that him only they must serve."