deify

verb
de·​i·​fy | \ ˈdē-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce deify (audio) , ˈdā- How to pronounce deify (audio) \
deified; deifying

Definition of deify

transitive verb

1a : to make a god of
b : to take as an object of worship
2 : to glorify as of supreme worth

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Examples of deify in a Sentence

The people deified the emperor. materialistic people who deify money

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Yesterday’s deified Roman emperor was today’s persona non grata. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Cowardly Incoherence of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, and other Iconoclasms," 25 June 2019 After the death of his boy favorite, Antinous, the Roman emperor Hadrian deified his beloved, erected an obelisk in his memory in Rome, and built an entire city on the eastern bank of the Nile called Antinoopolis. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 2019 The kind of work pitchers and three-point shooters do, and get deified for. Conor Orr, SI.com, "In Praise Of ... NFL Kickers," 12 June 2019 The Raiders are two years removed from a 12-win season, with franchise QB Derek Carr locked in long-term and deified coach Jon Gruden resurrected. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "The NFL in California in 2018: The Best Year Ever?," 18 June 2018 Some feminist scholars have objected to auteurism, partly because female directors have been so marginalized while male filmmakers have been deified. New York Times, "Dystopia, Apocalypse, Culture War: 2018 or 1968?," 17 May 2018 Chongqing native Yang Shuishi grew up deifying the West, adopting the name Seth and landing a dream job as a software engineer on Microsoft’s Redmond campus. David Ramli, The Seattle Times, "Chinese tech workers abandon American dream for brighter future back home," 14 Jan. 2018 Chongqing native Yang Shuishi grew up deifying the West, adopting the name Seth and landing a dream job as a software engineer on Microsoft’s Redmond campus. David Ramli, The Seattle Times, "Chinese tech workers abandon American dream for brighter future back home," 14 Jan. 2018 The path of reconstruction might have been less rocky if Americans had heeded some of his final words instead of deifying Lincoln or demanding retribution. Jonathan Den Hartog, WSJ, "Lincoln’s Biblical Lessons of Reconciliation," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of deify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for deify

Middle English, from Middle French deifier, from Late Latin deificare, from Latin deus god + -ficare -fy

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deify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deify

: to treat (someone or something) like a god or goddess

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