religion

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English[edit]

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Religion symbols

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman religiun, from Old French religion, from Latin religiō(scrupulousness”, “pious misgivings”, “superstition”, “conscientiousness”, “sanctity”, “an object of veneration”, “cult-observance”, “reverence). Most likely from the Indo-European root h₂leg with the meanings preserved in Latin "dīligěre" and "lěgěre", i.e. to read repeatedly or to have something solely in mind.

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religion ‎(countable and uncountable, plural religions)

  1. (uncountable) 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. (countable) A particular system of faith and worship.
    Islam is a major religion in parts of Asia and Africa.
    Eckankar is a new religion but Zoroastrianism is an old religion.
  3. (uncountable) The way of life committed to by monks and nuns.
    The monk entered religion when he was 20 years of age.
  4. (countable) Any practice to which someone or some group is seriously devoted.
    At this point, Star Trek has really become a religion.
  5. (uncountable, obsolete) Faithfulness to a given principle; conscientiousness. [16th-17th c.]

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  • Generally speaking, certain groups that do not acknowledge the existence of one or more deities, such as Buddhism, are still religious—though some prefer a definition of religion without non-theistic groups within the definition.

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religion ‎(third-person singular simple present religions, present participle religioning, simple past and past participle religioned)

  1. Engage in religious practice.
    • 1978, Military Chaplains' Review, page 70:
      On the scales below, circle the one ( + ) or (-) number which best represents your situation on both the belief and practice dimensions for each of the traditional and nontraditional forms of religioning.
    • 2013, Monica R. Miller, Religion and Hip Hop, ISBN 0415628571, page 74:
      A similar caution is made by Nye when he calls for a re-evaluation of the category of religion in relationship to theory and method, suggesting that this category: be reconstructed in terms of practice theory as religious practice or religioning.
    • 2015, Alexander Horstmann & ‎Jin-Heon Jung, Building Noah’s Ark for Migrants, Refugees, and Religious Communities, ISBN 1137496304, page 13:
      Religious practice and action (“religioning”) can be liberating, and can connect displaced people with the spirits of home.
  2. Indoctrinate into a specific religion.
    • 1890, John R. Kelso, Deity analyzed: In six lectures - Page 37
      To men whose minds are thus religioned, tied back to gods that never advance, there can never be any such word as progress
    • 2007, Janette Oke, A Bride for Donnigan, ISBN 0764202502, page 225:
      “What do you do, Donnigan? Spend all yer time religioning yer young?”
  3. To make sacred or symbolic; sanctify.
    • 1994, Timothy Morton, Shelley and the Revolution in Taste, ISBN 0521471354, page 238:
      The discussion of diet and health raises the question of the importance of discussing vegetarianism in relation to the contemporary religioning of health; as Ross remarks, 'health has replaced sexuality as the new privileged discourse of bodily truth and inner essence'.
    • 2011, Andrew O'Shea, Pedagogy, Oppression and Transformation in a 'Post-Critical' Climate, p 116
      The ideas expressed above challenge us to continuously rupture and interrupt racialized, classed, gendered, religioned and sexualized norms that inhere between and within institutions, understandings of bodies and our Selves.
    • 2013, Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip & Stephen Hunt, The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality, ISBN 1409472256:
      If queer Jews, Muslims and Christians are engaged in queering their religions, they are also engaged in what might becalled 'religioning' the queer.

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Most common English words before 1923: ourselves · pale · happiness · #914: religion · dress · degree · spoken

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religion

  1. accusative singular of religio

French[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /rəliʒjɔ̃/
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  • Hyphenation: re‧li‧gion

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religion f ‎(plural religions)

  1. religion

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religion m ‎(plural [please provide])

  1. religion

Middle French[edit]

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religion f (plural religions)

  1. religion

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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religion m ‎(definite singular religionen, indefinite plural religioner, definite plural religionene)

  1. a religion

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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religion m ‎(definite singular religionen, indefinite plural religionar, definite plural religionane)

  1. a religion

Old French[edit]

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religion f ‎(oblique plural religions, nominative singular religion, nominative plural religions)

  1. religion

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Papiamentu[edit]

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religion

  1. religion

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religion c

  1. a religion

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Inflection of religion 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative religion religionen religioner religionerna
Genitive religions religionens religioners religionernas

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