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
Recent Examples on the Web The recent episode, however, is the first to involve GitHub, which makes a popular open-source software and has prided itself on a corporate culture that deifies programmers. Los Angeles Times, "Microsoft employees call to end GitHub ICE contract," 10 Oct. 2019 The ritual and the shrine were expanded when the pre-World War II government deified the emperor and used his status to drive Japanese aggression. Washington Post, "Japan emperor’s harvest rite is his 1st communion with gods," 14 Nov. 2019 Big city theater workers usually romanticize or even deify this culture — anything folkloric, really — far more than those living it day to day. Chris Jones,, "Moving ‘Andares’ at Chicago Shakespeare has stories of rural Mexico, without any romantic gloss," 25 Oct. 2019 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,, "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,, "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

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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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2 Dec 2019

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“Deify.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deify

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

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