de·​i·​ty | \ ˈdē-ə-tē, ˈdā- \
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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Synonyms for deity


divinity, god

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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

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Most Indian ceremonies begin this way; before the party can start, the appropriate deities must be consulted accordingly. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Begin Their Pre-Wedding Ceremonies—Here’s What Could Be Next," 28 Nov. 2018 Locs can be traced back to ancient India and Egypt, with deities and pharaohs adorning the style, and many African cultures have histories of wearing locs. Alisha Acquaye, Teen Vogue, "White People Need to Learn How to Appreciate a Different Culture Without Appropriating It," 23 Aug. 2018 As intense, eye-watering smoke wafts from incense coils hanging overhead, stop to admire golden deities, murals and Chinese wood carvings. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong," 27 Feb. 2018 Nobody is, say, deeply bothered to find out that a loving God does not seem to exist in the show’s world, or even deeply curious to know or worship whatever deity does control the Good Place. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The (secular) gospel according to The Good Place," 27 Sep. 2018 Mercury — named after the Roman deity who served as a messenger to the gods — is the quick-moving planet that governs communication, travel, and technology. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your 2018 Guide to Surviving Mercury Retrograde," 26 July 2018 The Goddess Kumari is one of the most popular deities in the valley, worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 As the sculptures and paintings grew more majestic with royalty and deities showing up in the background, the clothes became more elaborate, as well. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "With “Apeshit,” the Carters Deliver a Fashion-Forward Art History Lesson," 18 June 2018 Like a true deity, Rihanna took a selfie posing in front of a giant headless statue of herself in Berlin. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "30 Times Rihanna Reminded Us She’s an Icon," 19 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of deity

: a god or goddess


de·​i·​ty | \ ˈdē-ə-tē, ˈdā-\
plural deities

Kids Definition of deity

1 capitalized : god sense 1
2 : god sense 2, goddess Roman deities

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