[From Greek poly: many, and from Greek theos: god.]

  1. (metaphysics) A form of theism holding that there is more than one god; it is compatible with henotheism but incompatible with monotheism, by which it was supplanted in the history of Western religion. Polytheism was the dominant view in ancient Greek and Roman religion, whereas Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are monotheistic.

The Ism Book by Peter Saint-Andre

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