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theism

the·ism

theism

pronunciation:
thi ih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: belief in the existence of one God that created the world and is known through revelation. (Cf. deism.)
definition 2: belief in the existence of a god or gods. (Cf. atheism.)
derivations: theist (adj.), theistic (adj.), theistically (adv.), theist (n.)
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The word theism 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.