deva

[dey-vuh]
noun
1.
Hinduism, Buddhism. a god or divinity.
2.
Zoroastrianism. one of an order of evil spirits.

Origin:
< Sanskrit

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deva (ˈdeɪvə)
 
n
(in Hinduism and Buddhism) a divine being or god
 
[C19: from Sanskrit: god]

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deva
"god, good spirit" in Hindu religion, from Skt. deva "a god," originally "a shining one," from *div- "to shine," thus cognate with Gk. dios "divine" and Zeus, and L. deus "god" (O.Latin deivos); see Zeus. Fem. form devi is used for "goddess," also (with capital D-) for the
mother goddess in Hinduism. Hence, also, devadasi "temple dancing girl," lit. "female servant of a god," from dasi "slave girl." Also Devanagari, the formal alphabet of Skt. writings, perhaps originally "divine city script," from nagara "city."
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Deva vu happens because you actually see the future each night when you sleep.
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