demigod

noun
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

Examples of demigod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His death fuels Diana's determination to take on the film's big bad, ultimately solidifying her true abilities as a demigod. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Wonder Woman 1984 Marks The Surprising Return Of Your Favourite Comic Book Boyfriend," 29 Dec. 2020 It’s the kind of set-up that would have once presided over by the devil or some demigod, but now that role goes to Alexa. Jake Coyle, chicagotribune.com, "‘Superintelligence’ review: Melissa McCarthy shines in end-of-world romantic comedy," 26 Nov. 2020 Kekoa grew up on Maui—an island named after a demigod who’s credited in Hawaiian tradition with pulling the entire archipelago up from the ocean floor. Daniella Zalcman, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Inspiring Quest to Revive the Hawaiian Language," 17 Nov. 2020 Tate Donovan voiced the demigod looking to reclaim his heroic stature, while James Woods played Hades, the god plotting to overthrow Olympus. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hercules' Live-Action Remake in the Works From Disney, 'Shang-Chi' Writer (Exclusive)," 30 Apr. 2020 Burt Reynolds directs this romantic comedy about Guilt (Dom DeLuise), a shabby, lonely demigod who falls head over heels for the goddess of Love (Loni Anderson) while stalking insecure tourists on a cruise ship. Simon Abrams, New York Times, "Why Was ‘Amazing Stories’ Rebooted? These 7 Episodes Help Explain," 6 Mar. 2020 In the book, Percy is 12 when he is brought to Camp Half-Blood, a training ground and refuge for young demigods. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief,’ a Far Cry From Olympus," 16 Oct. 2019 Barbara becomes obsessed with the divine—including, later, Wonder Woman’s own origins—and makes a Faustian bargain in order to become a demigod herself, the Cheetah. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Everything We Know About Wonder Woman 1984," 9 Dec. 2019 The Kim family leaders who have ruled North Korea since its founding are revered as demigods and the state is seen as one of the most intolerant in the world of religion. Jihye Lee / Bloomberg, Time, "North Korea Says It's Preparing a Choice of 'Christmas' Gifts for Trump in Veiled Threat," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of demigod

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Demigod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demigod. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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demigod

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How to pronounce demigod (audio)

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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