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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Latin
Origin: religio, probably from religare; RELY

religion

noun
     
Related topics: Religion
re‧li‧gion S2 W2
1 [uncountable] a belief in one or more gods:
The U.S. Constitution promises freedom of religion.
a course on philosophy and religion
2 [countable] a particular system of this belief and all the ceremonies and duties that are related to it:
the Islamic religion
The tribe practised a religion that mixed native beliefs and Christianity.
3

find/get religion

to suddenly become interested in religion in a way that seems strange to other people:
Miller found religion in prison.
4

something is (like) a religion

used when saying that something is very important to someone and they are extremely interested in it and spend a lot of time doing it, watching it etc:
Football was a religion in my family.
WORD FOCUS: religion WORD FOCUS: religion
faith one of the world's main religions, for example Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, or Christianity
church
a Christian religious group, for example the Catholic Church
sect
a religious group that is part of a larger religious group but has slightly different beliefs, for example a Buddhist sect
cult
an extreme religious group that is not part of an established religion
faith community
a group of people living in the same area, who have a particular religion
secular
not relating to religion or any religious group
religion religious, devout, orthodox, holy, sacred, atheist, agnostic

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