Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Belief in the supremacy of one god without denying the existence of others.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name given to an asserted characteristic of the oldest Hindu religion (of the Vedas), as ascribing supreme power to different gods in turn: hence also sometimes applied to similar phases of other polytheistic religions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare Primitive religion in which each of several divinities is regarded as independent, and is worshiped without reference to the rest.

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  • noun Belief in or worship of one deity without denying the existence of other deities.

Etymologies

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

[Greek heno- (from heis, hen-, one; see sem- in Indo-European roots) + Greek theos, god; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots + –ism.]

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From German Henotheismus, coined 19th century by Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling, from Ancient Greek ἕν (hen) (stem of εἷς (heis, "one")) + Theismus

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  • Worship of one god, without denying the existence of others.

    May 12, 2008

  • Aka hedgingyourbetsism.

    May 12, 2008

  • The dogmatists may think it odd

    But others find much to applaud:

    There's nary a schism

    In henotheism.

    A doubter can pick a new god.

    March 23, 2015

  • And while there were plenty of henotheist pagans (that is, people who worshiped one god while not denying the validity of others), Christianity went far beyond henotheism’s hesitant claim upon ultimate truth. It was an exclusivist faith that foreclosed — was designed to foreclose — devotion to all other deities.
    Tom Bissell, Why Did Christianity Prevail?, N.Y. Times Book Review, Feb. 18, 2018 (print title: When Pagans Became Christians)

    February 18, 2018