Meaning of henotheism in English:



mass noun
  • Adherence to one particular god out of several, especially by a family, tribe, or other group.

    ‘Some Indologists labeled the Hinduism they encountered polytheistic; others even coined new terms, like henotheism, to describe this baffling array of spiritual traditions.’
    • ‘Bottero's concise explanation of henotheism clarifies how a pantheon, with its bewildering myriad of gods, becomes personalised through personal preference for a single deity.’
    • ‘Probably the initial development of henotheism is in the idea of a patron deity for a city or country.’
    • ‘In other words, there is a monarchical structure in political life paralleled by henotheism in religion.’
    • ‘Egyptian henotheism understood existence as the result of the activity of a single creator together with his company.’



/ˈhɛnə(ʊ)ˌθiːɪz(ə)m/ /ˌhɛnə(ʊ)ˈθiːɪz(ə)m/


Mid 19th century from Greek heis, henos ‘one’ + theos ‘god’ + -ism.