de·​i·​ty | \ ˈdē-ə-tē How to pronounce deity (audio) , ˈdā- How to pronounce deity (audio) \
plural deities

Definition of deity

1a : the rank or essential nature of a god : divinity
b capitalized : god sense 1, supreme being
2 : a god (see god entry 1 sense 2) or goddess the deities of ancient Greece
3 : one exalted or revered as supremely good or powerful such established American deities as Daniel Boone, Kit Carson— J. D. Hart the deities of the banking world

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to the ancient Greeks, Zeus was the deity who ruled over the sky and weather, and Poseidon was god of the sea we prayed to the Deity for guidance
Recent Examples on the Web How Santa Muerte then prompted a sister deity, Natalie Dormer’s British-accented chaos demon, is less clear. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "In ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels,’ California Dreaming, Darkly," 24 Apr. 2020 This is a horror story, with domestic normalcy as the invisible, malevolent force, and a wild, unknowable deity as a balm. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Kathleen Collins’s Otherworldly Women," 20 Apr. 2020 The skeletons corroborate other evidence indicating the animals were revered as deities by Iron Age Britons. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hares and Chickens Were Revered as Gods—Not Food—in Ancient Britain," 13 Apr. 2020 It is also known as the festival of deities and demons. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Nepal festival season starts with goddess, dance," 14 Sep. 2019 People can visit mandirs for darshan, the viewing of deities; arti, the ceremony of light; and abhishek, the practice of pouring water over the image of God. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "How religious communities are modifying traditions to prevent possible coronavirus spread," 6 Mar. 2020 This extraordinary city served as Egypt’s capital during part of the Middle Kingdom and at the height of the New Kingdom, and was dedicated to the god Amun, one of the most revered deities of the Egyptian pantheon. National Geographic, "Egypt Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 But to the king’s ire, his son Prahlada continued to be an ardent devotee of the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu. Abhishyant Kidangoor, Time, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors," 9 Mar. 2020 And actually, Pan is associated with the Green Man in mythology, but Chilling Adventures separates the two deities. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "Here’s What CAOS Is Teaching Us About Pagans… & What Pagans Actually Did," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of deity

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

History and Etymology for deity

Middle English deitee, from Anglo-French deité, from Late Latin deitat-, deitas, from Latin deus god; akin to Old English Tīw, god of war, Latin divus god, dies day, Greek dios heavenly, Sanskrit deva heavenly, god

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13 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deity

: a god or goddess


de·​i·​ty | \ ˈdē-ə-tē How to pronounce deity (audio) , ˈdā- \
plural deities

Kids Definition of deity

1 capitalized : god sense 1
2 : god sense 2, goddess Roman deities

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