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 And thank the great Greek god of the grape, Dionysus, there happens to be a spot available in the winery’s upstairs tasting room. Chris Macias, SFChronicle.com, "Murrieta’s Well: This Livermore winery has a bouncer," 3 Aug. 2020 For years she's pushed away any thought of revenge against the man — now a god — responsible for their deaths. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Get a first look at Lore, the new novel from The Darkest Minds creator Alexandra Bracken," 8 July 2020 Chosen by Odin, a Norse god, half of the people who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Vikings: Valhalla, A Vikings Spin-Off Series," 22 June 2020 Teenagers’ lives are fulfilled but also shattered, values are compromised and football becomes a false god. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Reading list: The Denver Post sports department’s favorite sports books to ride out the coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020 But on the other side is a blue bird, an ibis inspired by the head of Thoth, the ancient Egyptian god of magic, wisdom and truth. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "A lion, a tiger and a bear hold up a roof in this optical illusion in a Fishers mural," 11 July 2020 The trendy god-computer makes for a limp central mystery. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Brave New World is sex and drugs and rock without soul: Review," 9 July 2020 Mitch McConnell believes in one political god: campaign cash. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Mitch McConnell Is No Genius," 10 June 2020 Fides, the Roman god of reliability, always looked favorably on citizens who drew up their contracts in writing, or so the Romans believed. Douglas Boin, Time, "Ancient Rome Thrived When the Empire Welcomed Immigrants. We Should Remember What Happened When That Changed," 9 June 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

8 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

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