demi·​god | \ ˈde-mē-ˌgäd How to pronounce demigod (audio) \

Definition of demigod

1 : a mythological being with more power than a mortal but less than a god
2 : a person so outstanding as to seem to approach the divine the demigods of jazz

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Recent Examples on the Web Alexander's desire to transcend the merely mortal echoes his mother’s belief in her family origins: Olympias grew up believing she was descended from Achilles, the demigod hero of The Iliad. National Geographic, "Alexander the Great's warrior mom wielded unprecedented power," 3 Dec. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Dictatorships have always been built on lies: that Kim Jong Un is a demigod, that nothing much happened on June 4th 1989 in Tiananmen Square. The Economist, "You really can fool some of the people, all of the time," 2 Nov. 2019 Grover’s lament about his failure to save a different demigod friend), but his take on Camp Half-Blood overseer Dionysus is mostly obnoxious. Christian Holub,, "The Lightning Thief musical is mythic fun that lacks range," 17 Oct. 2019 Often behind a parapet of drums, Mr. Baker’s Mephistophelean stage presence, combined with his remarkably tasteful drumming, elevated the rock drummer from faceless metronome to percussive demigod. Andrew Marton, Washington Post, "Ginger Baker, rock drumming colossus of Cream, dies at 80," 6 Oct. 2019 Often behind a parapet of drums, Baker's Mephistophelean stage presence, combined with his remarkably tasteful drumming, elevated the rock drummer from faceless metronome to percussive demigod. cleveland, "Ginger Baker, rock drumming legend of Cream, dies at 80," 6 Oct. 2019 Some versions of Māori legend tell a story of the demigod Tū Te Rakiwhānoa, who carved the deep valleys of the South Island’s Fiordland. Longreads, "Tramp Like Us," 18 Sep. 2019 Historically called Edo, the city was the center of a great kingdom for centuries until 1897, when British troops massacred hundreds, looted priceless artworks, and banished the oba, or king, whom citizens worshipped as a demigod. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 For the month of June, the demigod centerfielder is hitting a preposterous .358/.485/.765 with nine homers in 22 games. Jon Tayler,, "Mickey Callaway Should Have Been Fired for Reporter Confrontation," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of demigod

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Demigod.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of demigod

: an extremely impressive or important person : a person who seems like a god in some way
: a person in mythology who has some of the powers of a god : a being in mythology who is part god and part human

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