de·​i·​ty | \ˈdē-ə-tē, ˈdā- \
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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Synonyms for deity


divinity, god

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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

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Mercury — named after the Roman deity who served as a messenger to the gods — is the quick-moving planet that governs communication, travel, and technology. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your 2018 Guide to Surviving Mercury Retrograde," 26 July 2018 The Goddess Kumari is one of the most popular deities in the valley, worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 As the sculptures and paintings grew more majestic with royalty and deities showing up in the background, the clothes became more elaborate, as well. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "With “Apeshit,” the Carters Deliver a Fashion-Forward Art History Lesson," 18 June 2018 Like a true deity, Rihanna took a selfie posing in front of a giant headless statue of herself in Berlin. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "30 Times Rihanna Reminded Us She’s an Icon," 19 Feb. 2018 All of us enter our questions, both about where to brunch and the meaning of life, into a box with a magnifying glass at its right edge, next to the multicolored logo of the deity that presides over our informational world. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 In keeping with the theme, Grande has appeared so far in the video as a variety of female deities, sitting on top of the earth, bathing in paints, and doing an interpretive dance within the cosmos. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's 'God Is a Woman' Music Video Features a Voice-Over From Madonna," 13 July 2018 The title tale from this collection of short stories about the death of old deities reveals that Earth was given over to an angry, insane god. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "5 Great Works From Acclaimed Sci-Fi Author Harlan Ellison, Who Died at 84," 29 June 2018 But Holly Maniatty is being hailed as something of a deity — once again — on social media this week, for her ability to keep up with the emcee while using American Sign Language. Steve Annear,, "Maine resident’s sign-language performance of Eminem’s ‘Rap God’ ignites social media," 26 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of deity

: a god or goddess


de·​i·​ty | \ˈdē-ə-tē, ˈdā-\
plural deities

Kids Definition of deity

1 capitalized : god sense 1

2 : god sense 2, goddess Roman deities

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