deity

noun

de·​i·​ty ˈdē-ə-tē How to pronounce deity (audio) ˈdā- How to pronounce deity (audio)
plural deities
1
a
: 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 CarsonJ. D. Hart
the deities of the banking world

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 Even movie theaters aren’t immune to the weaponization of Hindu deities. Siddhant Adlakha, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 In many ancient cultures, the sun was seen as a deity and a source of life that helped the crops grow every season. Elissaveta M. Brandon, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 Game of Thrones Creators to Adapt Sci-Fi Trilogy The Three-Body Problem at Netflix Judgment Day A ship carrying San-Ti sympathizers, including Mike Evans (Jonathan Pryce), who view the traveling aliens almost like deities. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024 She was last seen wearing a white tank top and a black skirt and has a tattoo on her lower right hip of Kokopelli, a fertility deity. Kyani Reid, NBC News, 12 Mar. 2024 Then there are the cultural Catholics, the non-practicing Jews, the secular Muslims — people who don’t necessarily believe in a deity but identify with a particular faith because of their family upbringing, ethnicity or culture. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 10 Mar. 2024 Boyle inventories the ways in which the moon’s presence affects life on Earth—influencing menstrual cycles, dictating the timing of D Day—and how humans’ conception of it has evolved, changing from a deity to the basis for an astronomical calendar to a natural-resource bank. The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 The Satanic Temple is a non-theistic organization founded in 2013 that embraces Satan as a symbol rather than as a deity. Annika Bahnsen, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 Named Shakti and Shiva for Hindu deities, the streams were likely parts of other galaxies that merged with the Milky Way in its infancy between 12 billion and 13 billion years ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of deity was in the 14th century

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“Deity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deity. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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deity

noun
de·​i·​ty ˈdē-ət-ē How to pronounce deity (audio)
plural deities
1
b
capitalized : god sense 1
the Deity
2
Etymology

Middle English deitee "the nature of being divine," from early French deité (same meaning), derived from Latin deus "god" — related to adieu, adios

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