The common characteristics of a group of people, especially regarding ancestry, culture, language or national experiences.
(uncountable) The belief in a reality beyond what is perceptible by the senses, and the practices associated with this belief.
‘My brother tends to value religion, but my sister not as much.’;
An ethnic group.
(countable) A particular system of such belief, and the rituals and practices proper to it.
‘Islam is a major religion in parts of Asia and Africa.’; ‘Eckankar is a new religion but Zoroastrianism is an old religion.’;
Race; common ancestry.
(uncountable) The way of life committed to by monks and nuns.
‘The monk entered religion when he was 20 years of age.’;
an ethnic quality or affiliation resulting from racial or cultural ties;
‘ethnicity has a strong influence on community status relations’;
(countable) Any practice to which someone or some group is seriously devoted.
‘At this point, Star Trek has really become a religion.’;
Faithfulness to a given principle; conscientiousness.
Engage in religious practice.
Indoctrinate into a specific religion.
To make sacred or symbolic; sanctify.
The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the Jews; the religion of idol worshipers.
‘An orderly life so far as others are able to observe us is now and then produced by prudential motives or by dint of habit; but without seriousness there can be no religious principle at the bottom, no course of conduct from religious motives; in a word, there can be no religion.’; ‘Religion [was] not, as too often now, used as equivalent for godliness; but . . . it expressed the outer form and embodiment which the inward spirit of a true or a false devotion assumed.’; ‘Religions, by which are meant the modes of divine worship proper to different tribes, nations, or communities, and based on the belief held in common by the members of them severally. . . . There is no living religion without something like a doctrine. On the other hand, a doctrine, however elaborate, does not constitute a religion.’; ‘Religion . . . means the conscious relation between man and God, and the expression of that relation in human conduct.’; ‘After the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.’; ‘The image of a brute, adornedWith gay religions full of pomp and gold.’;
Specifically, conformity in faith and life to the precepts inculcated in the Bible, respecting the conduct of life and duty toward God and man; the Christian faith and practice.
‘Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.’; ‘Religion will attend you . . . as a pleasant and useful companion in every proper place, and every temperate occupation of life.’;
A monastic or religious order subject to a regulated mode of life; the religious state; as, to enter religion.
‘A good man was there of religion.’;
Strictness of fidelity in conforming to any practice, as if it were an enjoined rule of conduct.
‘Those parts of pleading which in ancient times might perhaps be material, but at this time are become only mere styles and forms, are still continued with much religion.’;
a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny;
‘he lost his faith but not his morality’;
institution to express belief in a divine power;
‘he was raised in the Baptist religion’; ‘a member of his own faith contradicted him’;
Religion is a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, beliefs, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, and spiritual elements; however, there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion.Different religions may or may not contain various elements ranging from the divine, sacred things, faith, a supernatural being or supernatural beings or . Religious practices may include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of deities and/or saints), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture.
‘some sort of ultimacy and transcendence that will provide norms and power for the rest of life’;