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deity

[dee-i-tee] /ˈdi ɪ ti/
noun, plural deities.
1.
a god or goddess.
2.
divine character or nature, especially that of the Supreme Being; divinity.
3.
the estate or rank of a god:
The king attained deity after his death.
4.
a person or thing revered as a god or goddess:
a society in which money is the only deity.
5.
the Deity, God; Supreme Being.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English deite < Old French < Late Latin deitāt- (stem of deitās), equivalent to Latin dei- (combining form of deus god) + -tāt- -ty, formed after Latin dīvīnitās divinity
Related forms
superdeity, noun, plural superdeities.
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Examples from the web for deities
  • They climbed barefoot onto scaffolding around the stone towers and poured the water on the towers, and then on the deities.
  • How the founders of the regime were exalted and even elevated to be deities is another story.
  • Volcanoes are also worshipped by many as the sacred home of deities.
  • That, in itself, is admittance that there are no deities.
  • They believe their deities are living things, with the same needs as other beings.
  • Most notably, it occurs in theaters, as if to say that the performing arts are equivalent to the gold of ancient deities.
  • The weather deities offered a daylong whiff of spring last week.
  • On the other hand, it took on board many tribal deities on board.
  • Any leftover space was filled with figures of tiny deities.
  • One has no control of one's life except to pray to the deities and ultimately be led to the final place of eternal rest.
British Dictionary definitions for deities

deity

/ˈdeɪtɪ; ˈdiːɪ-/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a god or goddess
2.
the state of being divine; godhead
3.
the rank, status, or position of a god
4.
the nature or character of God
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Late Latin deitās, from Latin deus god

Deity

/ˈdeɪtɪ; ˈdiːɪ-/
noun
1.
the Deity, the Supreme Being; God
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Word Origin and History for deities

deity

n.

c.1300, "divine nature;" late 14c., "a god," from Old French deité, from Late Latin deitatem (nominative deitas) "divine nature," coined by Augustine from Latin deus "god," from PIE *deiwos (see Zeus).

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