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Religionist

noun; analogy
One who discriminates on the basis of religion, and/or believes in the superiority of one religion over others and uses this belief to assert dominance. This neologism is analogous to established words such as 'sexist' and 'racist', and thus effortlessly connotes its intended meaning of discrimination on the basis of religion as sexist does for gender, and racist for ethnicity. Both religion and the –ist suffix are sufficiently ingrained into the English language, that despite disparate linguistic origins, their fusion does not make the neologism awkward or alien. Interestingly, the origin of the root morpheme is disputed: religare uses a metaphorical intense binding, perhaps between humans and the supernatural, to represent religion. Religere, on the other hand, sees religion as coming from repeated readings, perhaps of religious texts – leading to enlightenment.
 
There must be a reason why he's so religionist!
Etymology : religion + Greek -ist 'N'. Religion, derived from Middle English religioun, from Old French religion, from Latin religio, connected to religare, from re- ‘intensifier prefix’ + ligare ‘to bind fast’. Alternatively, connected to religere, from re- ‘again’ + ligare ‘to read’
Source : Denise Tan Li Chern, via IM
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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