Etymology
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Hinduism (n.)

blanket term for "polytheism of India," 1786, from Hindu + -ism.

updated on July 13, 2015

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Definitions of Hinduism from WordNet

Hinduism (n.)
the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal;
Synonyms: Hindooism
Hinduism (n.)
a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils;
Synonyms: Hindooism
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