god

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

Definition of god

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality: such as
a : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe
b Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
2 : a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship 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

deity, divinity

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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

Hirohito, who was worshipped as a living god until the end of the war, remains a controversial figure even today, with historians still debating his responsibility for the war. Fox News, "Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father's war," 15 Aug. 2018 The itinerary will be guided by gods, cyclops, sirens, and heroes of ancient Greece. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 When Elyse popped out in that white dress with her hair in an updo and her face painted for the gods, my wig flew across the room. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor's Elyse Dehlbom Shows Us All How to Make an Exit," 5 Feb. 2019 Sports has long been in thrall to its ownership, and coaching demi-gods, and not the actual talent that drives the games. Jason Gay, WSJ, "I Won’t Whine About LeBron’s Wine," 3 Jan. 2019 This is beyond clinging to god, guns, religion and bibles. Fox News, "Graham: Democrats are trying to destroy Kavanaugh's life," 17 Sep. 2018 But Gilkyson's anger is not necessarily directed at God, or a god. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Eliza Gilkyson Takes on Ideology-Based Hatred With 'In the Name of the Lord': Premiere," 20 June 2018 Other rulers before him deployed oracles, omens and even impersonations of gods to awe their subjects into obedience. James Romm, WSJ, "‘Soldier, Priest, and God’ Review: The Emperor Divine," 13 Dec. 2018 The whole kissing thing didn't come about until centuries later (during the Middle Ages), when Scandinavian people shared the stories of the Nordic gods. Adam Schubak, Country Living, "Here's How Kissing Under the Mistletoe Became a Christmas Tradition," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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god

noun

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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