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Spanish vocabulary: Religion

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In this lesson, we will learn some Spanish common words related to religion. In Spain, Catholic Christianity is the largest religion, with an estimated of 69.8% adherents (as of Jue 2017). 2.9% identify as followers of other faiths (including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Protestant, etc) and 24.9% as atheists or non-believers. An interesting fact is that most Spaniards don't participate regularly in religious worship.

Spanish religion words and vocabularyReligion words in Spanish

Spanish religion vocabulary

  • Religion - religión
  • Catholic - católico
  • Christian - cristiano
  • Jewish - judeo
  • Hindu - hindú
  • Protestant - protestante
  • Buddhist – budista
  • Buddhism - el budismo
  • Anglican – anglicano
  • Judaism - el judaísmo
  • Muslim - musulmán
  • Methodist - metodista
  • Mormon – mormón
  • Baptism - el bautismo
  • Episcopalian – episcopalo
  • Qu'ran - el Corán
  • nonreligious - no religioso

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Other common religion terms

  • faith - la fe
  • belief - la creencia
  • religious – religioso
  • follower - el seguidor/la seguidora
  • agnostic - el agnóstico
  • to pray - rezar/orar
  • to confess - confesar
  • to repent - arrepentir
  • to sin - pecar
  • to believe - creer
  • to have faith - tener fe
  • to worship - adorar
  • God - Dios
  • Gospel - evangelio
  • church - la iglesia
  • temple - el templo
  • mosque - la mezquita
  • heaven - el cielo
  • hell - el infierno
  • paradise - el paraíso
  • priest - el sacerdote/el cura
  • monk - el monje
  • bishop - el obispo
  • Pope - el Papa
  • nun - la monja
  • eternal life - la vida eterna
  • reincarnation - la reencarnación
  • soul - el alma
  • spirit - el espíritu
  • doctrine - la doctrina
  • sacred - sagrado
  • destiny, fate - el destino
  • demon - el demonio
  • devil - el diablo
  • morality - la moralidad
  • moral – moral
  • monastery - el monasterio
  • redemption - la redención
  • resurrection - la resurrección

Note: In Spanish, names of religions as well as their adherents aren't capitalized.

For example: Mi madre es católica - My mother is Catholic

So don't be surprised when someone you meet asks you "qué religión eres?" or "eres católico?" while you are in Spain as religion is a big part of their lives. Follow our site to get instant Spanish to English translation, daily grammar, and vocabulary lessons.