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 With its vast cemeteries and temples from the earliest times of ancient Egypt, Abydos was known for monuments honoring Osiris, ancient Egypt’s god of underworld and the deity responsible for judging souls in the afterlife. Samy Magdy, ajc, "Egypt: Archaeologists unearth ancient beer factory in Abydos," 13 Feb. 2021 Excavations revealed a shoddy limestone platform, packed with incense burners, deity figurines, and severed skulls from at least 180 individuals. Bridget Alex, Science | AAAS, "Shrine of decapitated heads suggests violence against foreigners in ancient Mexico," 17 Dec. 2020 Elsewhere Sound Space follows the sci-fi misadventures of a music deity marooned in space, and their curious cultural dispatches back to Earth. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "New York Venue Elsewhere Announces Paperboy Prince and Princess Nokia For Virtual Talk Show," 28 Jan. 2021 Dissections of her politics aside, Didion will forever be a certain type of person’s idea of a deity—the literary, the cool. Lucy Feldman, Time, "'My Wine Bills Have Gone Down.' How Joan Didion Is Weathering the Pandemic," 22 Jan. 2021 That same humble deity, in the course of putting on humanity, had obtained a glimpse of the conditions on earth—poverty, needless estrangement, a stubborn pattern of rich ruling over poor—and decided to incite a revolution that would harrow Hell. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "What Thomas Jefferson Could Never Understand About Jesus," 28 Dec. 2020 Pan Heliopolitanus may have been a deity with aspects of both Pan and Zeus, or simply another name for the god of the wild. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Altar to Ancient Greek God Pan Found Embedded in Wall of Byzantine Church," 3 Dec. 2020 The results also underscore the gulf between the West, which has fallen out of love with the former democracy campaigner over her defense of the military against genocide charges, and Myanmar’s people, who see Suu Kyi as a deity-like figure. Washington Post, "Suu Kyi’s godlike status drove her Myanmar election win. It threatens to rip the country apart.," 18 Nov. 2020 The purpose is to please Yemoja, the water deity, and be granted a prosperous new year. Jessica Saggio | Contributing Writer,, "Take no chances: Kickstart the new year with black eyed peas, green grapes, white flowers and red undies," 26 Dec. 2020

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Deity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of deity

: a god or goddess


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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