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English noun: religion

1. religion (cognition) a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny

SamplesHe lost his faith but not his morality.

Synonymsfaith, religious belief

Broader (hypernym)belief, supernatural virtue, theological virtue

Narrower (hyponym)analogy, apophatism, Asian shamanism, Bahaism, Brahmanism, Brahminism, Buddhism, cataphatism, Christian religion, Christianity, cult, cult, cultus, doctrine of analogy, ecclesiasticism, heathenism, Hindooism, Hinduism, Hsuan Chiao, Jainism, Manichaeanism, Manichaeism, Mazdaism, Mithraicism, Mithraism, mysticism, nature worship, pagan religion, paganism, religious cult, religious mysticism, revealed religion, shamanism, shamanism, Shinto, Shintoism, Sikhism, Taoism, theism, Wicca, Zoroastrianism

Domain category membersaffirmation, Anglican, Beelzebub, believe, brother, Calvinist, Calvinistic, Calvinistical, catechismal, celibacy, censer, chastity, Christian, clean, cloister, conforming, conformist, conformist, Congregational, Congregationalist, consecration, demythologisation, demythologization, Devil, die, discalceate, discalced, Eastern Orthodox, Episcopal, Episcopalian, formalised, formalistic, formalized, free-thinking, Greek Orthodox, habit, Hades, Hell, impure, infernal region, Jewish-Orthodox, latitudinarian, latitudinarian, Lucifer, Lutheran, meditation, Methodist, misbelieve, Mormon, netherworld, noviciate, novitiate, numen, Old Nick, Orthodox, Orthodox, orthodoxy, persecution, Prince of Darkness, Protestant, reincarnate, revivalistic, Russian Orthodox, Satan, Scheol, sexual abstention, the Tempter, thurible, toleration, traditionalism, transmigrate, unclean, underworld, undogmatic, undogmatical, Unitarian, unshod, vigil, watch, Wesleyan, worship

2. religion (group) an institution to express belief in a divine power

SamplesHe was raised in the Baptist religion.
A member of his own faith contradicted him.

Synonymsfaith, organized religion

Broader (hypernym)establishment, institution

Narrower (hyponym)Buddhism, Christian church, church, Church of Scientology, cult, cult, established church, Hebraism, Hindooism, Hinduism, Jewish religion, Judaism, Khalsa, religious order, religious sect, Scientology, sect, Shinto, Taoism

Domain category memberscanonise, canonize, confirm, covenant, deliver, exorcise, exorcize, redeem, saint, save

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