deity

noun
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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Examples of deity in a Sentence

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 Other finds include funerary masks and more then 40 statues of the funerary deity Ptah-Sokar, all untouched for at least 2,000 years. Jo Marchant, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Are Just Beginning to Unearth the Mummies and Secrets of Saqqara," 14 Nov. 2020 The deer of Nara, Japan, are considered sacred ever since a deity is said to have ridden one from Kashima Shrine to the town north of Kyoto in the 8th century. Los Angeles Times, "Where to hike in L.A.'s secret mountains," 12 Nov. 2020 For those who don’t know, Moon Knight is Marc Spector, a former Marine and mercenary whose life was saved by the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, with the promise to be the deity’s avatar on Earth. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "3 classic superheroes get TV shows," 2 Nov. 2020 For those who don’t know (and shame on you), Moon Knight is Marc Spector, a former Marine and mercenary whose life was saved by the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, with the promise to be the deity’s avatar on Earth. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Some of the questions that keep comics fans awake at night: Captain Comics," 31 Oct. 2020 Rather than solely worshiping a male deity known as Manon, their magic is far more elemental and homemade. Kim Wong-shing, Glamour, "The Craft: Legacy Is Full of Clever Nods to the Original," 28 Oct. 2020 Religious pluralism was permitted in classical Rome so long as the emperor was acknowledged by all to be above and beyond the claims of any particular deity. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "China’s Communist Christ," 1 Oct. 2020 The senator’s given name, Kamala Devi—Goddess Kamala—is a synonym for Lakshmi, the Hindu deity of wealth and fortune.... Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "Kamala, Goddess of Wealth Creation," 12 Aug. 2020 Both the Torah and the Koran present a god who commands his people to form themselves into a specific political structure supplied and required by the deity himself. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "China’s Communist Christ," 1 Oct. 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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19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deity. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for deity

deity

noun
How to pronounce deity (audio) How to pronounce deity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of deity

: a god or goddess

deity

noun
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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