\ 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


godded; godding

Definition of god (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat as a god : idolize, deify

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their mascot is Finn McCool, a mythological god-like titan from a pre-Christian era. Brian T. Brown, NBC News, 15 May 2022 His dream is to sail his ship — named Sleipnir, after the Norse god Odin’s magical eight-legged horse — up Sweden’s Göta Canal to Stockholm harbor in 2024. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 As the dual personalities of Marc and Steven inhabiting the same body—a human avatar forced to relay the vengeance of the Egyptian god Khonshu—Isaac not only invented separate mannerisms and accents, but clearly dreams and desires and affections. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 6 May 2022 Not every Egyptian god is as petty and vengeful as Khonshu or as apocalyptically minded as Ammit. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 6 May 2022 Most of the Avengers have superhuman mental and physical skills – Steve Rogers was injected with strength serum, whereas Thor is a lightning god. Arun Shastri, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Oh my god, there are so many drone shots in this film — zipping down the sides of buildings, whizzing over the heads of actors, flying headfirst into oncoming traffic or as a group of people are running toward the camera. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2022 The Riddler would kill Gotham, would kill his god, for a chance to validate his existence and see his beliefs confirmed. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Mar. 2022 The Greek mathematician was in prison for claiming the sun was not a god, but rather an incandescent rock as big as the Peloponnese peninsula. Quanta Magazine, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of god


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


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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17 May 2022

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“God.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for god


\ 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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