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Definition of Religion

(noun) A personal or institutional system of beliefs, practices, and values relating to the cosmos and supernatural.

Examples of Religion

Religion Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /rəˈlɪdʒ(ə)n/
      • /riˈlɪdʒ(ə)n/
    • British English
      • /rᵻˈlɪdʒ(ə)n/
  • Syllabification: (re·li·gion)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: religions
  • Religion is an agent of socialization.
  • An individual fervently practicing a religion is a (noun) religionist, is (adjective) religious, and (adverb) religiously advocates for (noun) religiousness.

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Cite the Definition of Religion

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “religion.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 15, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/religion/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “religion.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 15, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/religion/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“religion.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 15 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/religion/>.