Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The single deity of various monotheistic religions.
  • proper n. The single male deity of various duotheistic religions.
  • proper n. An impersonal and universal spiritual presence or force.
  • proper n. An omnipotent being, creator of the universe (as in deism).
  • proper n. The (personification of the) laws of nature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Good.
  • n. A being conceived of as possessing supernatural power, and to be propitiated by sacrifice, worship, etc.; a divinity; a deity; an object of worship; an idol.
  • n. The Supreme Being; the eternal and infinite Spirit, the Creator, and the Sovereign of the universe; Jehovah.
  • n. A person or thing deified and honored as the chief good; an object of supreme regard.
  • n. Figuratively applied to one who wields great or despotic power.
  • transitive v. To treat as a god; to idolize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deify.
  • n. [capitalized] The one Supreme or Absolute Being. The conceptions of God are various, differing widely in different systems of religion and metaphysics; but they fall, in general, under two heads: theism, which is most fully developed in Christianity, and in which God is regarded as a personal moral being, distinct from the universe, of which he is the author and ruler; and pantheism, in which God is conceived as not personal, and as identified with the universe. See theism, pantheism.
  • n. In mythology, a being regarded as superior to nature, or as presiding over some department of it; a superior intelligence supposed to possess supernatural or divine powers and attributes, either general or special, and considered worthy of worship or other religious service; a divinity; a deity: as, the gods of the heathen; the god of the thunder or of riches; the sun-god; a fish-god.
  • n. Figuratively, a person or thing that is made an object of extreme devotion or sought after above all other things; any object of supreme interest or admiration.
  • n. An image of a deity; an idol.
  • n. One of the audience in the upper gallery of a theater: so called from the elevated position, in allusion to the gods of Olympus.
  • n. God be thanked; thank God.
  • n. Easter Sunday.
  • n. Corpus Christi day.
  • n. A Middle English form of good.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people
  • n. any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
  • n. a material effigy that is worshipped
  • n. the supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object of worship in monotheistic religions

Etymologies

From Middle English, from the Old English god ("supreme being, deity") (related to Old High German got ("a rank of deity")), from the Proto-Germanic *gudan (compare Dutch and West Frisian God, German Gott, Danish Gud), from the Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto- (“that which is invoked”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰaw- (“to call, to invoke”) or *ǵʰew- (“to pour”). Not related to the word good. (Wiktionary)

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