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Definition of Monotheism

(noun) A religion based on beliefs about a single deity.

Example of Monotheism

Monotheism Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: mon·o·the·ism

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /mAHn-uh-thee-i-zuhm/
  • British English – /mOn-oh-thee-i-zuhm/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌmɑnəˈθiˌɪz(ə)m/
  • British English – /ˈmɒnəʊθiːˌɪzm/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: monotheisms
  • Variant spelling: mono-theism
  • A (noun) monotheist (adverb) monotheistically advocates (noun) monotheistic principles.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Monotheism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “monotheism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 28, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/monotheism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

monotheism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/monotheism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “monotheism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 28, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/monotheism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“monotheism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/monotheism/>.