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[dee-uh-fahy] /ˈdi əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), deified, deifying.
to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity; personify as a deity:
to deify a beloved king.
to adore or regard as a deity:
to deify wealth.
Origin of deify
1300-50; Middle English deifien < Old French deifier < Late Latin deificāre. See deification, -ify
Related forms
deifier, noun
half-deified, adjective
hyperdeify, verb (used with object), hyperdeified, hyperdeifying.
self-deifying, adjective
undeified, adjective Unabridged
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/ˈdiːɪˌfaɪ; ˈdeɪɪ-/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to exalt to the position of a god or personify as a god
to accord divine honour or worship to
to exalt in an extreme way; idealize
Derived Forms
deifier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French deifier, from Late Latin deificāre, from Latin deus god + facere to make
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mid-14c., from Old French deifier (13c.), from Late Latin deificare, from deificus "making godlike," from Latin deus "god" (see Zeus) + -ficare, from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Related: Deified; deifying.

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