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Christianity (from the ) is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in canonical gospels and other New Testament writings.

Christianity n 1: a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior [syn: {Christian religion}] 2: the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia); "for a thousand years the Roman Catholic Church was the principal church of Christendom" [syn: {Christendom}]

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Christianity \Chris*tian"i*ty\, n. [OE. cristiente, OF. cristient['e], F. chr['e]tient['e], fr. L. christianitas. ] [1913 Webster] 1. The religion of Christians; the system of doctrines and precepts taught by Christ. [1913 Webster] 2. Practical conformity of one's inward and outward life to the spirit of the Christian religion [1913 Webster] 3. The body of Christian believers. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To Walys fled the christianitee Of olde Britons. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


Islam (; '  ) is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a text considered by its adherents to be the word of God ( ), and by the teachings and normative example (called the Sunnah and composed of Hadith) of Muhammad, considered by them to be the last prophet of God.

Islam n 1: the religion of Muslims collectively which governs their civilization and way of life; the predominant religion of northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and Indonesia [syn: {Islamism}, {Muslimism}, {Muhammadanism}, {Mohammedanism}, {Mohammadanism}] 2: the monotheistic religion of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion" [syn: {Islamism}, {Mohammedanism}, {Muhammadanism}, {Muslimism}]

Mohammedanism \Mo*ham"med*an*ism\, Mohammedism \Mo*ham"med*ism\ , prop. n. The religion, or doctrines and precepts, of Mohammed, contained in the Koran; Islamism; Islam. The term {Islam} is preferred by most Moslems, and some find the term Mohammedanism to be offensive, as they worship Allah, not Mohammed. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Islam \Is"lam\, n. [Ar. isl[=a]m obedience to the will of God, submission, humbling one's self, resigning one's self to the divine disposal. Cf. {Moslem}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The religion of the Mohammedans; Mohammedanism; Islamism. Their formula of faith is: There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet. [1913 Webster] 2. The whole body of Mohammedans, or the countries which they occupy. [1913 Webster]

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  • christianity: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • christianity: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • christianity: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • islam: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • islam: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • islam: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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