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 Millions of Hindus believe the mosque in Ayodhya was built at the birthplace of Lord Ram, one of their most revered deities who is considered a physical incarnation of the Hindu God Vishnu. NBC News, "Indian court rules in favor of Hindu temple on disputed land," 9 Nov. 2019 Fujikane tells the tale of a Hawaiian chief who falls in love with Poli’ahu, the deity of the snow on Mauna Kea. Crystal Paul, chicagotribune.com, "Much more than a tropical paradise: This new travel guide will ‘decolonize’ the way you look at Hawaii," 1 Nov. 2019 Fujikane tells the tale of a Hawaiian chief who falls in love with Poli’ahu, the deity of the snow on Mauna Kea. Author: Crystal Paul, Anchorage Daily News, "Much more than a tropical paradise: This new travel guide will ‘decolonize’ the way you look at Hawaii," 30 Oct. 2019 In early September, along with three other farmers from his tribal clan, Mangal Sai offered the first grains of his rice crop to the deity Bada Dev. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "An Indian mining conglomerate is eating up a sacred forest grove," 24 Oct. 2019 This collection of 80 masks depicts Guatemalan historical and cultural figures, as well as sprightly animals and popular deities — all connected with a range of folkloric festivals and events that are also chronicled in the show. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: A cross-border show inspired by a mythical California of woman warriors," 3 Oct. 2019 It is considered one of the many manifestations of the Native Hawaiian Lono deity, and some Native Hawaiian families consider bats to be their ancestral guardians, or ‘aumakua. Noelle Swan, Scientific American, "Hawaii Wants to Lead the Renewable Revolution," 21 Sep. 2019 Clutching a fist full of lighting bolts and wrapped in telephone cables, the representation of the deity of telephony is more than a century old and was first perched on top of AT&T's headquarters on Broadway in Manhattan. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "AT&T's new downtown Dallas campus will have a place for its historic statue," 22 July 2019 This collection of 80 masks depicts Guatemalan historical and cultural figures, as well as sprightly animals and popular deities — all connected with a range of folkloric festivals and events that are also chronicled in the show. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: At the Getty, one of Gordon Parks’ most controversial photographic series," 11 July 2019

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

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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deity. Accessed 18 January 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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