god

noun
\ ˈgäd How to pronounce god (audio) also ˈgȯd \
plural gods

Definition of god

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 God : the supreme or ultimate reality: such as
a : 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
b Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
2 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
3 : a person or thing of supreme value had photos of baseball's gods pinned to his bedroom wall
4 : a powerful ruler Hollywood gods that control our movies' fates

god

verb
godded; godding

Definition of god (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat as a god : idolize, deify

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Synonyms for god

Synonyms: Noun

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jordan’s ability to win (or somehow drop 63 points in a loss) made him as close to god-like as any athlete since Babe Ruth. cleveland, "‘The Last Dance’: Sports fans need Michael Jordan now more than ever," 20 Apr. 2020 The nine-story structure sits on the site of a 3rd-century Roman temple dedicated to the god Mithras. Megan Gannon, Popular Science, "Archaeologists and construction workers are teaming up to unearth historic relics," 13 Apr. 2020 On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged Catholic followers in a broadcasted sermon to turn to god during the tragedy of the pandemic and support those who were suffering. NBC News, "U.S. now leads world in deaths, day after Trump announces 'opening our country' task force," 11 Apr. 2020 In reality, Rasta is a complex religion in which the late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie is not a god but God. Ishion Hutchinson, Harper's Magazine, "Dreams of Stone," 30 Mar. 2020 To a generation of outcasts who came of age in the ’80s and ’90s, the former frontman of the Smiths and prolific solo artist Morrissey might as well be a god. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Bigmouth strikes again: Morrissey’s racist rhetoric inspires boycott ahead of Merriweather Post Pavilion show," 4 Sep. 2019 The school also retains a god-like control over the schedules of adjuncts, who are literally laid off after every single semester, and then rehired as necessary for the following semester. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "How College Professors Are Fighting for Their Lives," 25 June 2019 Tonight: The gods and goddesses are apt to respond to humor and novelty. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 17 Apr. 2020 The hard-to-pronounce name comes from two words in the language of the Aztecs: Xolotl, meaning the god of lightning and death, and Itzcuintli, or dog. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, "All About the Xoloitzcuintli Dog Breed," 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thunder and rain persisted through scenes of the approach and arrival of the furious storm god Wotan, and gradually abated along with his anger. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Andris Nelsons, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra bring the thunder with ‘Walküre’," 29 July 2019 My god comfort his family and friends, and may god continue to bless the United States of America. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Vice President Mike Pence Pays Tribute to John McCain in Speech at His Memorial Service," 31 Aug. 2018 But may god forgive the literary critic who swallows the guff of Twenge and her ilk. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "American Authors Are Swearing More. So What?," 11 Aug. 2017 A little floofy, but Shu Uemura's Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil tamps it down into honest to god blow-out waves. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This Straightening Brush Takes Me From Curly to Smooth in 20 Minutes Flat," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of god

Noun

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

Verb

1595, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for god

Noun and Verb

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

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

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Last Updated

22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“God.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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god

noun
How to pronounce god (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of god

: the perfect and all-powerful spirit or being that is worshipped especially by Christians, Jews, and Muslims as the one who created and rules the universe
: a spirit or being that has great power, strength, knowledge, etc., and that can affect nature and the lives of people : one of various spirits or beings worshipped in some religions
: a person and especially a man who is greatly loved or admired

god

noun
\ ˈgäd How to pronounce god (audio) \

Kids Definition of god

1 capitalized : the Being worshipped as the creator and ruler of the universe
2 : a being believed to have more than human powers Ancient peoples worshipped many gods.
3 : an object worshipped as divine

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