religion: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ri-lij'un), [key]
— n.
  1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
  2. a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
  3. the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
  4. the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
  5. the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
  6. something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
  7. religious rites.
  8. strict faithfulness; devotion: a religion to one's vow.
  9. The company got religion and stopped making dangerous products.
    1. to acquire a deep conviction of the validity of religious beliefs and practices.
    2. to resolve to mend one's errant ways:The company got religion and stopped making dangerous products.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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