demigods

demigod

[dem-ee-god]
noun
1.
a mythological being who is partly divine and partly human; an inferior deity.
2.
a deified mortal.

Origin:
1520–30; translation of Latin sēmideus. See demi-, god

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demigod (ˈdɛmɪˌɡɒd)
 
n
1.  a.  a mythological being who is part mortal, part god
 b.  a lesser deity
2.  a person with outstanding or godlike attributes
 
[C16: translation of Latin sēmideus]
 
'demigoddess
 
fem n

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demigod
1530, from demi- + god, rendering L. semideus. The child of sexual intercourse between a deity and a mortal, a man raised to divine rank, or a minor god.
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demigod

n. A hacker with years of experience, a world-wide reputation, and a major role in the development of at least one design, tool, or game used by or known to more than half of the hacker community. To qualify as a genuine demigod, the person must recognizably identify with the hacker community and have helped shape it. Major demigods include Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie (co-inventors of Unix and C), Richard M. Stallman (inventor of EMACS), Larry Wall (inventor of Perl), Linus Torvalds (inventor of Linux), and most recently James Gosling (inventor of Java). In their hearts of hearts, most hackers dream of someday becoming demigods themselves, and more than one major software project has been driven to completion by the author's veiled hopes of apotheosis. See also net.god, true-hacker.
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