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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A circular temple in Rome, completed in 27 B.C. and dedicated to all the gods.
  • n. A temple dedicated to all gods.
  • n. All the gods of a people considered as a group: Jupiter is head of the Roman pantheon.
  • n. A public building commemorating and dedicated to the heroes and heroines of a nation.
  • n. A group of persons most highly regarded for contributions to a field or endeavor: the pantheon of modern physics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a temple dedicated to all the gods
  • n. all the gods of a particular people or religion, particularly the ancient Greek gods residing on Olympus, considered as a group
  • n. a category or classification denoting the most honored persons of a group

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A temple dedicated to all the gods; especially, the building so called at Rome.
  • n. The collective gods of a people, or a work treating of them.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A temple or shrine dedicated to all the gods.
  • n. All the divinities, collectively, worshiped by a people: as, one of the divinities of the Greek pantheon.
  • n. [capitalized] A work treating of the whole body of divinities of a people: as, Tooke's “Pantheon.”
  • n. [capitalized] A memorial structure in honor of the great men of a people, or filling some such purpose; especially, such a building serving as a mausoleum, as the Pantheon (church of Ste. Geneviève) in Paris. Westminster Abbey is often called the Panthcon of the British.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. all the gods of a religion
  • n. (antiquity) a temple to all the gods
  • n. a monument commemorating a nation's dead heroes

Etymologies

Middle English Panteon, Pantheon, from Latin Panthēum, Panthēon, from Greek Pantheion, shrine of all the gods, from neuter sing. of pantheios, of all the gods : pan-, pan- + theos, god.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First coined 1300, from Ancient Greek Πάνθειον (Pantheion, "a temple of all gods"), neuter of πάνθειος (pantheios, "of or common to all gods"), from πᾶν (pān, "all, everything"), neuter of πᾶς (pās, "all, the whole") + θεῖος (theios, "of or for the gods"), from θεός (theos, "god") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I wasn't expecting an upset, but back in my undergrad days, I would have guessed at least a 70-30 split — the pantheon is a harsh mistress.

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  • Conversely, the other advantage to a pantheon is that it bestows distance when you are going into God territory.

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  • If your pantheon is more complex, say you have two competing factions of deities, laid over an older, animist pattern, that tells you a lot about the social evolution of the society: maybe not-Buddhism came along and supplanted not-Shinto.

    MIND MELD: Gods by the Bushel

  • Protests over plan to bury President in Polish pantheon

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  • Enterprise Conent Management still has a place in the acronym pantheon, but that place is an increasingly limited one ...

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  • Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," where your pantheon is our pantheon!

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  • Among the Hatti proper -- that is, the broad-headed military aristocracy -- the chief deity of the pantheon was the Great Father, the creator, "the lord of Heaven", the Baal.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

  • The hymn may be older than Hammurabi, who, perhaps, is quoting or copying it, and since the Bel who is here at the head of the pantheon is the god of Nippur, the hymn may originally have belonged to the ritual of that place.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

  • But for the theologians of Babylon, the position of Marduk as the head of the pantheon was a much more important factor.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

  • Natural and indeed inevitable as this conclusion was, the scientific theory in the Euphrates Valley was presumably influenced to some extent by the circumstance that the head of the pantheon was a solar deity.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

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  • She reigns
    in eventual pantheons
    of book store cahiers ...


    Raymond Farr, in As/Is

    December 21, 2006