• WordNet 3.6
    • n deism the form of theological rationalism that believes in God on the basis of reason without reference to revelation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Deism dē"ĭz'm The doctrine or creed of a deist; the belief or system of those who acknowledge the existence of one God, but deny revelation.Deism is the belief in natural religion only, or those truths, in doctrine and practice, which man is to discover by the light of reason, independent of any revelation from God. Hence, deism implies infidelity, or a disbelief in the divine origin of the Scriptures.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deism The doctrine that God is distinct, and separated from the world. See deist, 1.
    • n deism Belief in the existence of a personal God, accompanied with the denial of revelation and of the authority of the Christian church. Deism is opposed to atheism, or the denial of any God; to pantheism, which denies or ignores the personality of God; to theism, which believes not only in a God, but in his living relations with his creatures; and to Christianity, which adds a belief in a historical manifestation of God, as recorded in the Bible.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Deism the creed of a deist
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deus, god: cf. F. déisme,. See Deity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. déiste, déisme—L. deus, a god.


In literature:

We are the Swiss guards of Deism.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
It is the Iliad of English Deism.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
In religious ontology we find it in deism.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
It is a compound made up chiefly of man-ism with but little deism, and is as near to atheism as twilight is to darkness.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
What was the atheism of yesterday will be the deism of to-morrow.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. July, 1877." by Various
The Theism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is in some respects different from the Deism of the eighteenth.
"Modern Substitutes for Christianity" by Pearson McAdam Muir
Contact with English Deism gave form and precision to its theological or anti-theological side.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
In such an atmosphere, deism readily uttered its protest against mysterious revelation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
From boyish deism he had passed to youthful negation, and from negation returned to deism again.
"The True Benjamin Franklin" by Sydney George Fisher
Wrote Deisme et Christianisme, 1866.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler

In poetry:

"Here's Love of Brand-New Clothes,
Embezzling - Arson - Deism -
A taste for Slang and Oaths,
And Fraudulent Trusteeism.
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Sectarianism, Deism , and the Ground Zero Cross.
And he objected to Paine's increasingly pugnacious deism.
Deism, "sensitive ladies," Capitalism (that's with a capital C).
Sectarianism , Deism, and the Ground Zero Cross.