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[dee-i-tee] /ˈdi ɪ ti/
noun, plural deities.
a god or goddess.
divine character or nature, especially that of the Supreme Being; divinity.
the estate or rank of a god:
The king attained deity after his death.
a person or thing revered as a god or goddess:
a society in which money is the only deity.
the Deity, God; Supreme Being.
Origin of deity
1250-1300; Middle English deite < Old French < Late Latin deitāt- (stem of deitās), equivalent to Latin dei- (combining form of deus god) + -tāt- -ty2, formed after Latin dīvīnitās divinity
Related forms
superdeity, noun, plural superdeities. Unabridged
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  • They stood next to deity and represented and protected the people.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • One might have been a model for the seraphs of Christian faith, the other an Olympian deity.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Words were formed for the things pertaining to earth; how then can they ever exactly express the nature of the deity?

    Christian Sects in the Nineteenth Century Caroline Frances Cornwallis
  • A meaner temple was never consecrated to the worship of the deity.

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In a deity essentially Greek, a Phoenician colonist may discover something familiar, and claim an ancestral god.

British Dictionary definitions for deity


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


/ˈdeɪtɪ; ˈdiːɪ-/
the Deity, the Supreme Being; God
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Word Origin and History for deity

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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