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deva

[dey-vuh] /ˈdeɪ və/
noun
1.
Hinduism, Buddhism. a god or divinity.
2.
Zoroastrianism. one of an order of evil spirits.
Origin
< Sanskrit
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deva

/ˈdeɪvə/
noun
1.
(in Hinduism and Buddhism) a divine being or god
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit: god
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Word Origin and History for devas

deva

n.

"god, good spirit" in Hindu religion, from Sanskrit deva "a god," originally "a shining one," from *div- "to shine," thus cognate with Greek dios "divine" and Zeus, and Latin deus "god" (Old Latin deivos); see Zeus.

Fem. form devi is used for "goddess," also (with capital D-) for the mother goddess in Hinduism. Hence, also, devadasi "temple dancing girl," literally "female servant of a god," from dasi "slave girl." Also Devanagari, the formal alphabet of Sanskrit writings, perhaps originally "divine city script," from nagara "city."

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