theodicy

[thee-od-uh-see]
noun, plural theodicies.
a vindication of the divine attributes, particularly holiness and justice, in establishing or allowing the existence of physical and moral evil.

Origin:
1790–1800; theo- + Greek dík(ē) justice + -y3, modeled on French théodicée, a coinage of Leibniz

theodicean, adjective
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theodicy (θɪˈɒdɪsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
the branch of theology concerned with defending the attributes of God against objections resulting from physical and moral evil
 
[C18: coined by Leibnitz in French as théodicée, from theo- + Greek dikē justice]
 
theodi'cean
 
adj

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Example sentences
The philosopher discusses inequality and secular theodicy.
And on the theodicy question religion will ultimately fall.
Antique and abstract it may be, but thinking about theodicy still has the power to change lives.
It will become apparent in the chapters that follow that my use of theodicy is intentionally broad.
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