Etymology
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Brahma 

1785, from Sanskrit Brahma, nominative of Brahman, chief god of the trinity Brahma-Vishnu-Siva in post-Vedic Hindu religion (see brahmin).

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big-tent (adj.)

"open to many sorts, not ideologically or theologically narrow," American English, by 1982 with reference to religion, by 1987 with reference to politics.

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priestess (n.)

"woman who officiates in sacred rites, a female minister of religion," 1690s, from priest + -ess. Earlier was priestress (mid-15c. prēsteresse).

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scoffer (n.)

"one who expresses derision or mocking scorn," late 15c., agent noun from scoff (v.). Formerly often with religion as an object.

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unbeliever (n.)

"one who does not believe in any given religion," 1520s, from un- (1) "not" believer. Old English had ungelifend in this sense.

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anythingarian (n.)

"one indifferent to religious creeds, one 'that always make their interest the standard of their religion,'" 1704, originally dismissive, from anything on model of trinitarian, unitarian, etc.

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nonconforming (adj.)

also non-conforming, "failing or refusing to conform," 1640s, from non- + conforming (see conform). Originally in religion, "refusing to follow the forms and regulations of the Church of England;" see nonconformist.

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lingam (n.)

in Hindu religion, "phallic emblem under which Siva is worshipped," 1719, from Sanskrit linga (nominative lingam) "mark, token, sign, emblem," a word of unknown origin.

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conformist (n.)

"one who conforms" in any way, 1630s, from conform + -ist. Compare conformism. Originally usually with reference to religion, "one who complies with the form of worship of the Church of England."

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proselytize (v.)

1670s, "to make proselytes," from proselyte + -ize. The transitive sense of "convert (someone) to some religion, doctrine, etc.," is by 1796. Related: Proselytized; proselytizing. The earlier verb form was simply proselyte (1620s).

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