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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shah-muh-niz-uh m, shey-, sham-uh-]
    • /ˈʃɑ məˌnɪz əm, ˈʃeɪ-, ˈʃæm ə-/
    • /ˈʃeɪ.mən.ɪ.zəm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shah-muh-niz-uh m, shey-, sham-uh-]
    • /ˈʃɑ məˌnɪz əm, ˈʃeɪ-, ˈʃæm ə-/

Definitions of shamanism word

  • noun shamanism the animistic religion of northern Asia, embracing a belief in powerful spirits that can be influenced only by shamans. 1
  • noun shamanism any similar religion. 1
  • noun shamanism religion: spiritualism 1
  • uncountable noun shamanism Shamanism is a religion which is based on the belief that the world is controlled by good and evil spirits, and that these spirits can be directed by people with special powers. 0
  • noun shamanism the religion of certain peoples of northern Asia, based on the belief that the world is pervaded by good and evil spirits who can be influenced or controlled only by the shamans 0
  • noun shamanism any similar religion involving forms of spiritualism 0

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Origin of shamanism

First appearance:

before 1770
One of the 46% newest English words
First recorded in 1770-80; shaman + -ism

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Parts of speech for Shamanism


shamanism popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for shamanism

noun shamanism

  • folk medicine — health practices arising from superstition, cultural traditions, or empirical use of native remedies, especially food substances.
  • idolater — Also, idolist [ahyd-l-ist] /ˈaɪd l ɪst/ (Show IPA). a worshiper of idols.
  • medicine man — (among North American Indians and some other aboriginal peoples) a person believed to possess magical or supernatural powers; shaman.
  • isangoma — Alternative form of sangoma.
  • wizardry — the art, skill, or accomplishments of a wizard.

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