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monotheism

mon·o·the·ism

monotheism

 
pronunciation:
ma no thi ih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition: the belief that there is only one supreme being.
derivations: monotheist (adj.), monotheistic (adj.), monotheistically (adv.), monotheist (n.)
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The word monotheism contains the following parts:
-ism2 Greek noun-forming suffix that means doctrine, belief, theory
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The suffix -ism2 has the same origin as -ism1 but attaches to bases of diverse origins to form nouns denoting doctrines, beliefs, or theories. In the growing group of words modeled on the word "racism ," -ism means "bias based on," as in "sexism " and "ageism ." The majority of nouns ending in -ism2 have a corresponding adjective and noun form ending in -ist.