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ˈgäd How to pronounce god (audio)
 also  ˈgȯd
plural gods
God : the supreme or ultimate reality: such as
: the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped (as in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism) as creator and ruler of the universe
Throughout the patristic and medieval periods, Christian theologians taught that God created the universe …Jame Schaefer
… the Supreme Being or God, the personal form of the Ultimate Reality, is conceived by Hindus as having various aspects.Sunita Pant Bansal
Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
or less commonly God : a being or object that is worshipped as having more than natural attributes and powers
specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality
Greek gods of love and war
: a person or thing of supreme value
had photos of baseball's gods pinned to his bedroom wall
: a powerful ruler
Hollywood gods that control our movies' fates


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godded; godding

transitive verb

: to treat as a god : idolize, deify

Examples of god in a Sentence

Noun Does she believe in God? I pray to God that no one was seriously injured in the accident. the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt a myth about the god of war an offering for the gods a professor who was regarded as a kind of god a guitar god like Jimi Hendrix
Recent Examples on the Web
In ancient Egypt, temples dedicated to specific religious cults or gods functioned as lucrative businesses. Kate McMahon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 This mutual choosing produces the warrior god of the Book of Exodus, the divine general who leads his people out of Egypt and who will tell them how to wage war (exterminating the Canaanites, for instance). James Wood, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024 Neptune was named for the Roman god of the sea, so the planet’s moons are named after lesser sea gods and nymphs. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 28 Feb. 2024 Early on, the event included sacrificial ceremonies to honor gods and ancestors and had many myths, stories and older traditions associated with it. Marina Johnson, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024 Throughout history, bloodstone was associated with the Roman god of war, Mars. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024 Lincoln loved Stanton’s devotion to the Union, even nicknaming him Mars after the Roman god of war. Vanessa Armstrong, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Mar. 2024 But that’s just a small glimpse into a man seen as a sports hero in America and as a god in his native Puerto Rico. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 8 Mar. 2024 In the musical, a new ending imagines Dawn and Brad as mythological figures — gods, really — storming across a fantastic, scarlet-colored hellscape where pillars of honest-to-God fire illuminate their literal battle of the sexes. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German got god

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1595, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of god was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“God.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


 also  ˈgȯd
capitalized : the supreme or almighty reality
especially : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness whom people worship as creator and ruler of the universe
: a being believed to have more than human powers
ancient peoples worshipped many gods
: a physical object (as an image or idol) worshipped as divine
: something held to be the most important thing in existence
make a god of money

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