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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Religion

Here you will learn all the essential words for talking about Religion, collected specifically for level C2 learners.

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
vigil
[noun]
the act of staying awake at night for religious purposes or to protest against something
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catechism
[noun]
a religious manual typically presented in a question-and-answer format for the purpose of teaching
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epiphany
[noun]
the event of manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Magi
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canon
[noun]
a recognized collection of authoritative books, texts, or works within a particular field or tradition, especially in religion
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hermitage
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a place of solitude where a religious person resides, away from the distractions of the outside world
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apostle
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any one of the twelve disciples of Jesus
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sacrilege
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the act of disrespectfully treating a sacred item or place
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pantheon
[noun]
a monumental building dedicated to gods and goddesses
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hermit
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a person who lives a very simple life in solitude as a religious practice
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consecration
[noun]
act or ceremony of declaring something sacred or dedicated to a divine purpose, particularly in Christianity
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pantheism
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the belief that God and the universe are one and the same, considering the entire natural world as a divine expression of God
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polytheism
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the belief in or worship of multiple gods or deities
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purgatory
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in certain Christian beliefs, a temporary state of purification for souls after death, preparing them for entry into heaven
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eschatology
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the branch of theology concerned with the study of the end times, final events, and the ultimate destiny of humanity and the world
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resurrection
[noun]
the return to life of Christ on the third day after his death on the cross, according to the New Testament
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sanctity
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the state or quality of being sacred or morally pure
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commandment
[noun]
one of the biblical Ten Commandments, guiding ethical conduct in religious traditions
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creationism
[noun]
the belief that the universe and living organisms originated through divine acts of creation, often differing from scientific explanations such as evolution
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heresy
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an opinion that is profoundly against the official principles of a particular religion
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millenarianism
[noun]
a belief system that anticipates a profound transformation of society, often associated with the coming of a messianic age or a thousand-year reign (millennium) of peace and righteousness
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paganism
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the belief in or worship of multiple deities, often associated with nature, and typically not adhering to major world religions such as Christianity, Islam, or Judaism
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predestination
[noun]
the belief, often associated with certain religious doctrines, that all events, including the ultimate destiny of individuals, are predetermined by a divine power or force
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abbess
[noun]
the female head of an abbey, convent, or other religious houses of nuns
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abbot
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the male spiritual leader and administrator of an abbey, monastery, or group of monasteries
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rosary
[noun]
a set of beads used for counting prayers, especially in the Catholic tradition
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providence
[noun]
the divine guidance, care, and intervention of a higher power
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sectarianism
[noun]
the intense devotion to a particular religious or political sect, often leading to prejudice or discrimination against members of other sects
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agnosticism
[noun]
uncertainty or lack of commitment regarding the existence of deities or the ability to know and comprehend the nature of ultimate reality
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theosophy
[noun]
a religious and philosophical system that seeks to explore the mysteries of the divine and the nature of reality through a combination of spiritual insight, ancient wisdom, and esoteric teachings
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