Definitions

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

  • n. Strife or battle among gods, as in the Homeric poems.

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  • n. a battle among gods

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fighting against the gods, as the battle of the gaints with the gods.
  • n. A battle or strife among the gods.
  • n. Opposition to God or the divine will.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fighting against the gods, as the mythological battle of the giants with the gods.
  • n. A strife or battle among the gods.
  • n. Opposition to the divine will.

Etymologies

Greek theomakhiā : theo-, theo- + makhē, battle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • For that gigantine state of mind which possesseth the troublers of the world, such as was Lucius Sylla and infinite other in smaller model, who would have all men happy or unhappy as they were their friends or enemies, and would give form to the world, according to their own humours (which is the true theomachy), pretendeth and aspireth to active good, though it recedeth furthest from good of society, which we have determined to be the greater.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • In other words, theomachy the conflict of different gods that resulted in our ever-varied human existence came to be replaced by a new sort of conflict, that of the single, good God’s interaction with His disobedient human subjects: evil happens because of what we do.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • For that gigantine state of mind which possesseth the _troublers_ of the world, such as was Lucius Sylla, and _infinite other in smaller model_, who would have all men happy or unhappy, as they were their friends or enemies, _and would give form to the world according to their own humours_, which is the true _theomachy_, pretendeth and aspireth to _active good_ though it _recedeth farthest_ from that _good of society_, which we have determined to be _the greater_. '

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

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  • theomachy – 1) fighting against or amongst the gods; 2) opposition to the divine will

    July 26, 2008