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 Given the importance of the deity during ancient times, temples dedicated to Zeus have been found in other countries as well, as David Kindy reports for Smithsonian magazine’s Smart News section. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 For Hindus, this moon marks Hanuman Jayanti, the celebration of the Hindu monkey deity Lord Hanuman. Angie Orellana Hernandez, CNN, 14 Apr. 2022 Biblical texts also paint an image of Judeans in this long era turning inward, focusing on their temple cult that revolved around a monotheistic deity and embracing strict dietary rules, as well as taboos on animal and human images. Andrew Lawler, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 Atum or Re-Atum (a solar deity), Shu, Tefnut, Geb, Nut, Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys. Felecia Wellington Radel, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2022 Wednesday stars Oscar Isaac as the superhero struggling with disassociative identity disorder while being stalked by an ancient Egyptian deity that may or may not be real. Rodney Ho, ajc, 27 Mar. 2022 While the 138,000 Cage devotees in the r/onetruegod subreddit may not regard him as an actual deity, their dedication is deep. Dan Piepenbring, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 There are several different sides to the deity, making Marvel’s choice of its representative having disassociative identity disorder also somewhat in keeping with his namesake’s mythology. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 6 Apr. 2022 These things are usually left up to deity, and if the miracle doesn’t happen, please no judgment about what the afflicted deserved or didn’t deserve. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Deity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deity. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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