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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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 Joe Tracz’s script short-hands pretty much every plot point, leaving the audience straining to keep up in a slurry of gods and demigods. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief’ strikes out, but performances shine," 20 June 2019 Storytelling transformed our species from intelligent ape to demigod. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 For the first time in a long time, the demigod Warriors look mortal. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Glorious Scale of the NBA Finals' Game 5," 13 June 2019 That said, Kerr is Kerr, essentially a demigod in the basketball world after winning eight NBA titles (five as a player and three as Golden State’s head coach). Jim Seimas, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz’s Aaron Miles enjoying NBA playoff experience under Steve Kerr," 10 June 2019 Aretha offered up only songs and performances for sermons on her private existence, creating a playbook that modern-day music demigods go by to control their narratives. Koko Ntuen, Teen Vogue, "Aretha Franklin Taught Me to Respect Myself and Demand Respect from the World," 17 Aug. 2018 Behind that power is one of this season’s biggest surprises—Max Muncy, who’s apparently evolved into some sort of slugging demigod, with his 17 home runs and 177 OPS+. Emma Baccellieri,, "The Mariners Firmly Enter Baseball's Top Tier in Our Latest Power Rankings," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of demigod

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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