deity

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noun de·i·ty \ˈdē-ə-tē, ˈdā-\

Definition of deity

plural

deities

  1. 1a :  the rank or essential nature of a god :  divinityb capitalized :  god 1, supreme being

  2. 2 :  a god (see 1god 2) or goddess the deities of ancient Greece

  3. 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

Examples of deity in a Sentence

  1. to the ancient Greeks, Zeus was the deity who ruled over the sky and weather, and Poseidon was god of the sea

  2. we prayed to the Deity for guidance

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Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 14th century

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DEITY Defined for English Language Learners

deity

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Definition of deity for English Language Learners

  • : a god or goddess


DEITY Defined for Kids

deity

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noun de·i·ty \ˈdē-ə-tē, ˈdā-\

Definition of deity for Students

plural

deities

  1. 1 cap :  god 1

  2. 2 :  god 2, goddess Roman deities



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