Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the Zoroastrian religion of ancient Persia, the spirit of good: opposed to Ahriman, the spirit of evil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoroastrianism) The supreme deity, the embodiment of the principle of good, creator of the world, source of light, and guardian of mankind. He is the opponent of Ahriman, the spirit of evil, both being sprung from Eternity, or, according to another version, Ahriman being the offspring of a moment of doubt on the part of Ormazd. Ormazd is attended by angels and archangels. He is represented as a bearded man inclosed in a winged circle, a conception probably derived from the Assyrian representations of Ashur.

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

  • noun chief deity of Zoroastrianism; source of light and embodiment of good

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Persian Hormazd, from Middle Persian Ohrmazd; see Ohrmazd.]

Examples

  • The origin of the man who has all the brain hemispheres working independently, and the conflict between Ormazd and Ahriman.

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  • The origin of the man who has all the brain hemispheres working independently, and the conflict between Ormazd and Ahriman.

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: Weird Heroes 6 - Byron Preiss

  • Every last time he's asked "why", the Prince says it's not because of causes (those are other people's dreams), it's not because of riches (he abandoned a donkeyload of gold to get involved in the first place), it's not because he believes in the struggle between Ahriman and Ormazd (Ormazd is quite capable of solving his own problems).

    Prince of Persia - Why?

  • The Ultra ship finally enters orbit a few days later, and there is some drama where the ship has been taken over by the Ormazd cult which hopes to imprint some evil person's personality on all of his followers.

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  • The Ultra ship finally enters orbit a few days later, and there is some drama where the ship has been taken over by the Ormazd cult which hopes to imprint some evil person's personality on all of his followers.

    Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds

  • J. Duchesne-Guillemin, Ormazd et Ahriman, l'aventure dualiste dans l'antiquité (Paris, 1953); idem, La religion de l'Iran ancien (Paris, 1962).

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The evil man was he who allowed vice and degrading passions to find a place in his own soul, and neglected to exterminate noxious animals and weeds, and to help redeem the earth from the barrenness and sterility created by the enemy of Ormazd.

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • The duty of man was to aid Ormazd by working with him against the evil - loving Ahriman.

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • Thus men might become co-workers with Ormazd in the mighty work of overthrowing and destroying the kingdom of the wicked

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • From all eternity these two powers had been contending for the mastery; in the present neither had the decided advantage; but in the near future Ormazd would triumph over Ahriman, and evil be forever destroyed.

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

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