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[thee-od-uh-see] /θiˈɒd ə si/
noun, plural theodicies.
a vindication of the divine attributes, particularly holiness and justice, in establishing or allowing the existence of physical and moral evil.
1790-1800; theo- + Greek dík(ē) justice + -y3, modeled on French théodicée, a coinage of Leibniz
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theodicean, adjective Unabridged
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  • The philosopher discusses inequality and secular theodicy.
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British Dictionary definitions for theodicy


noun (pl) -cies
the branch of theology concerned with defending the attributes of God against objections resulting from physical and moral evil
Derived Forms
theodicean, adjective
Word Origin
C18: coined by Leibnitz in French as théodicée, from theo- + Greek dikē justice
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Word Origin and History for theodicy

1799, from French théodicée, title of a work by Leibniz, from Greek theos "god" (see Thea) + dike "judgment, justice, usage, custom" (cognate with Latin dicere "to show, tell;" see diction).

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