theo-, the-, -theism, -theist, -theistic

(Greek: God, god, deity, divinity, divine)

theocrasia (s) (noun), theocrasias (pl)
A mingling with God: "A type of theocrasia has gone on between Christianity and Judaism and other competing cults."
theocrasy (s) (noun), theocrasies (pl)
1. A mingling of various deities or divine attributes into one personality.
2. A mixture of the worship of different deities.
theocrat (s) (noun), theocrats (pl)
1. Someone who rules in a government as the representative of the deity; a divine or deified ruler.
2. Those who form governments in which priests rule in the name of God (or a god).
theocratic (adjective)
1. A reference to a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler: "A theocratic government is usually interpreted by the ecclesiastical or church authorities."
2. A system of government by priests or religious leaders claiming a divine commission.
theocratically (adverb)
A descriptive term for a government ruled by or subject to religious authority: "There have been theocratically controlled governments in the past where priests are in charge and say they are speaking for God."
theodemocracy (s) (noun), theodemocracies (pl)
A democracy under divine, or religious, administration or rule.
theodicean (s) (noun), theodiceans (pl)
A person who frames or maintains justifications of a deity, or the attributes of a deity: "A theodicean defends God's goodness and justice despite the existence of physical and moral evil and suffering in the world."
theodicy (s) (noun), theodicies (pl)
1. Argument in defense of God’s goodness despite the existence of evil in the world, or a defense of God’s justice.
2. A vindication of the divine attributes; especially, justice and holiness, in respect to the existence of evil; a writing, doctrine, or theory intended to “justify the ways of God to men”.
3. Justification of the divine providence by the attempt to reconcile the existence of evil with the goodness and sovereignty of God; a term established by Baron Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz (German philosopher and mathematician) in 1710.
4. The branch of philosophy that treats of the being, perfections, and government of God and the immortality of the soul.
5. In theology, the study of God’s rule, especially over the soul.
theodidact (s) (noun), theodidacts (pl)
A person who is taught by God: "A theodidact is a student who learns from God."
Theodora (s) (noun)
A feminine name that means the "Gift of God".
Theodore (s) (noun)
A male name from Greek meaning god given or gift of god: "Theodore was a popular name for boys in the early years of the 20th. Century.
Theodosia (s) (noun)
A female given name from a Greek word meaning god-given: "The husband and wife decided to name their twins Theodore and Theodosia in honor of their great grandparents who had the same names."
theodrama (s) (noun), theodramas (pl)
A drama or play in which the actors are gods.
theody (s) (noun), theodies (pl)
A hymn in praise of God.
theogamy (s) (noun), theogamies (pl)
A marriage of, or between, the gods.

If you would like to take self-scoring quizzes over many of the words in this section, then click on these Theo Quizzes so you can see how much you know about the following "theo-, -theism" words.


Related religious-word units: church; dei-, div-; ecclesi-; fanati-; hiero-; idol-;-olatry; zelo-.