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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- -ty, formed after Latin dīvīnitās divinity
Related forms
superdeity, noun, plural superdeities. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deity
  • But like any deity, Ganesh has his likes and dislikes.
  • He is not a wandering deity, but belongs to these mountains.
  • We can respect the Earth without worshipping it as a deity.
  • The deity, speaking through a priestess perched on a tripod, made three prophecies.
  • Thev had jammed up outside and they entered one by one as though approaching a deity, each clutching something to be autographed.
  • They considered the two soaring buttes known as the Mittens to be the hands of a deity.
  • It is not hard to believe in when you actually believe in an all powerful deity.
  • He tests the deity, the deity tests him and together they create a contract.
  • Every activity involved buttering up one deity or another.
  • And no-one should ever be called upon to declare which deity he or she worships.
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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