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Definitions of religion

  1. institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the Jews; the religion of idol worshipers. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Specifically, conformity in faith and life to the precepts inculcated in the Bible, respecting the conduct of life and duty toward God and man; the Christian faith and practice. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A monastic or religious order subject to a regulated mode of life; the religious state; as, to enter religion. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Strictness of fidelity in conforming to any practice, as if it were an enjoined rule of conduct. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A set of beliefs concerning the nature, cause, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency. It usually involves devotional and ritual observances and often a moral code for the conduct of human affairs. (Random House Collegiate Dictionary, rev. ed.) Medical Dictionary DB
  8. The sense of man's relation to a divine power to whom obedience and honor are due; the practice of life based on such relation; any system of faith and worship. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. The performance of our duties of love and obedience towards God: piety: any system of faith and worship. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Performance of duties towards God; piety; system of faith. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. A system of faith and worship; devotion; piety. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A habitual, all-pervading sense of dependence on, reverence for, and responsibility to, a higher power; or a mode of thinking, feeling, and acting, which respects, trusts in, and strives after, the Divine, or God; any system of faith and worship. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. That obligation or sense of duty which rests on the minds of men, arising from the felt relation in which they stand to some superior power; belief in God, with a sincere desire to do His will; godliness; any system of faith or worship. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. r[=e]-lij'un, n. the recognition of supernatural powers and of the duty lying upon man to yield obedience to these: the performance of our duties of love and obedience towards God: piety: any system of faith and worship: sense of obligation or duty.--ns. RELIG'IONER, RELIG'IONARY.--v.t. RELIG'IONISE, to imbue with religion.--v.i. to make profession of religion.--ns. RELIG'IONISM, RELIGIOS'ITY, religiousness, religious sentimentality; RELIG'IONIST, one attached to a religion: a bigot.--adj. RELIG'IONLESS, having no religion.--adv. RELIGI[=O]'SO (mus.), in a devotional manner.--ESTABLISHED RELIGION, that form which is officially recognised by the state; NATURAL RELIGION, that religion which is derived from nature and not revelation; REVEALED RELIGION, that which is derived from positive revelation by divinely inspired Scripture, or otherwise. [L. religio, -onis--re-, back, lig[=a]re, to bind.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. Monastic condition, being monk or nun, (enter into, be in, r.), (rare) a monastic order; (rare) practice of sacred rites; one of the prevalent systems of faith& worship (the Christian, Mohammedan, r.; established r., that of established CHURCH; NATURAL, REVEALed, r.; all rr. are the same to him); human recognition of superhuman controlling power& esp. of a personal God entitled to obedience, effect of such recognition on conduct& mental attitude, (get r. vulg. or facet., be converted to such belief); action that one is bound to perform (make a r. of doing). Hence religionless a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. n. [Latin] The recognition of God as an object of worship, love, and obedience; —the whole relation and duty of man toward God;- a body of truths or doctrines regarding the being and perfection of God, the requirement of His law, the nature, duties, and responsibilities of man, and a future state of rewards and punishments; revelation;-theology; divinity;—godliness; practical piety, as distinguished from doctrinal belief;—observance of the duties of the first table of the law; devotion; worship—as distinguished from morality or observance of the duties of the second table;—any system or mode of faith and worship; —any experience or expression of man's dependence on God; sense of the unseen and spiritual :—superstitious reverence; feeling of awe. Cabinet Dictionary

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