Definition of Mithraism

1. Noun. Ancient Persian religion; popular among Romans during first three centuries a.d..

Exact synonyms: Mithraicism
Generic synonyms: Faith, Religion, Religious Belief
Derivative terms: Mithraist, Mithraistic

Definition of Mithraism

1. Proper noun. (religion) An astrology-centric, middle-platonic mystery cult of the 1st-4th century Roman Empire that claimed to have been founded by "Zoroaster". ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mithraism

Mitchell principle
Mitchell principles
Mitchella repens
Mitella diphylla
Mitella pentandra
Mithraism (current term)
Mithridates VI
Mithridates the Great
Mitrofanoff principle
Mitrula elegans
Mitsuda antigen
Mitsuda reaction
Mitsunobu reaction

Literary usage of Mithraism

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1. A Student's Philosophy of Religion by William Kelley Wright (1922)
"Since Mithraism tolerated the other forms of religious worship, it could readily ... So Mithraism gained general favor far more rapidly than Christianity. ..."

2. The Evolution of Morality by C Staniland Wake, Wake, C. Staniland, 1835-1910 (1878)
"Mithraism. all life destroyed by death, and to hold the last judgment. Here, again, a later period introduced a plurality, notably a Trinity. ..."

3. Pagan Christs: Studies in Comparative Hierology by John Mackinnon Robertson (1903)
"The Vogue of Mithraism. In view of this long series of signal parallels between the Mithraic and the Christian cults, it is impossible to doubt that one has ..."

4. The Early Church Form Ignatius to Augustine by George Hodges (1915)
"One of these was Mithraism, a revival of paganism; the other was Neoplatonism, a revival of philosophy. Mithraism was already ancient in the East ..."

5. Religious Systems of the World: A Contribution to the Study of Comparative by South Place Ethical Society (London, England) (1892)
"I venture to assert, however, that though I should now fail to awaken in you any interest in the matter proportionate to its moment, Mithraism is and will ..."

6. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"Interest in Mithraism is not attributable merely to the fact that it is a ... The diffusion of Mithraism and of Christianity in the Roman world was from the ..."

7. The Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries by Adolf von Harnack (1905)
"THE SPREAD OF CHRISTIANITY AND THE SPREAD OF Mithraism. ... the Roman empire),2 we now know the history of Mithraism and the extent of its diffusion. ..."

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