Definitions of religion

  1. a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; " he lost his faith but not his morality"
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A monastic or religious order subject to a regulated mode of life; the religious state; as, to enter religion.
  5. Strictness of fidelity in conforming to any practice, as if it were an enjoined rule of conduct.
  6. The sense of man's relation to a divine power to whom obedience and honor are due; the practice of life based on such relation; any system of faith and worship.
  7. The performance of our duties of love and obedience towards God: piety: any system of faith and worship.
  8. A system of faith and worship; devotion; piety.
  9. That obligation or sense of duty which rests on the minds of men, arising from the felt relation in which they stand to some superior power; belief in God, with a sincere desire to do His will; godliness; any system of faith or worship.
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