supernatural virtue

Definitions of supernatural virtue
  1. noun
    according to Christian ethics: one of the three virtues (faith, hope, and charity) created by God to round out the natural virtues
    synonyms: theological virtue
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    brotherly love, charity
    a kindly and lenient attitude toward people
    hope
    one of the three Christian virtues
    faith, religion, religious belief
    a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny
    apophatism
    the religious belief that God cannot be known but is completely `other' and must be described in negative terms (in terms of what God is not)
    cataphatism
    the religious belief that God has given enough clues to be known to humans positively and affirmatively (e.g., God created Adam `in his own image')
    analogy, doctrine of analogy
    the religious belief that between creature and creator no similarity can be found so great but that the dissimilarity is always greater; any analogy between God and humans will always be inadequate
    cult, cultus, religious cult
    a system of religious beliefs and rituals
    cult
    a religion or sect that is generally considered to be unorthodox, extremist, or false
    ecclesiasticism
    religion appropriate to a church and to ecclesiastical principles and practices
    mysticism, religious mysticism
    a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality
    nature worship
    a system of religion that deifies and worships natural forces and phenomena
    revealed religion
    a religion founded primarily on the revelations of God to humankind
    theism
    the doctrine or belief in the existence of a God or gods
    heathenism, pagan religion, paganism
    any of various religions other than Christianity or Judaism or Islamism
    Christian religion, Christianity
    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
    Hindooism, Hinduism
    a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
    Brahmanism, Brahminism
    the religious beliefs of ancient India as prescribed in the sacred Vedas and Brahmanas and Upanishads
    Jainism
    religion founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism; emphasizes asceticism and immortality and transmigration of the soul; denies existence of a perfect or supreme being
    Sikhism
    the doctrines of a monotheistic religion founded in northern India in the 16th century by Guru Nanak and combining elements of Hinduism and Islam
    Buddhism
    the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth
    Hsuan Chiao, Taoism
    popular Chinese philosophical system based in teachings of Lao-tzu but characterized by a pantheism of many gods and the practices of alchemy and divination and magic
    Shinto, Shintoism
    the ancient indigenous religion of Japan lacking formal dogma; characterized by a veneration of nature spirits and of ancestors
    Manichaeanism, Manichaeism
    a religion founded by Manes in the third century; a synthesis of Zoroastrian dualism between light and dark and Babylonian folklore and Buddhist ethics and superficial elements of Christianity; spread widely in the Roman Empire but had largely died out by 1000
    Mithraicism, Mithraism
    ancient Persian religion; popular among Romans during first three centuries a.d.
    Mazdaism, Zoroastrianism
    system of religion founded in Persia in the 6th century BC by Zoroaster; set forth in the Zend-Avesta; based on concept of struggle between light (good) and dark (evil)
    Bahaism
    a religion founded in Iran in 1863; emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind; incorporates Christian and Islamic tenets; many adherents live in the United States
    Asian shamanism, shamanism
    an animistic religion of northern Asia having the belief that the mediation between the visible and the spirit worlds is effected by shamans
    shamanism
    any animistic religion similar to Asian shamanism (especially as practiced by certain Native American tribes)
    Wicca
    the polytheistic nature religion of modern witchcraft whose central deity is a mother goddess; claims origins in pre-Christian pagan religions of western Europe
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    cardinal virtue
    one of the seven preeminent virtues
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