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 Zhurong is named after a god of fire in Chinese mythology and landed in the red planet's Utopia Planitia region. Ben Westcott, CNN, 22 May 2021 Zhurong, which is named after the Chinese god of fire, is equipped with ground-penetrative radar and a topography camera for a mission that is scheduled for 90 days. Washington Post, 22 May 2021 Zhurong, which is named after the Chinese god of fire, is equipped with ground-penetrative radar and a topography camera for a mission that is scheduled for 90 days. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 The rover, named after a fire god of Chinese mythology, landed in a vast impact crater called Utopia Planitia about 1,800 kilometers northeast of NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed in February. David Bressan, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Named after the Chinese god of fire, Zhurong was aboard the Tianwen-1 spacecraft that launched from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in China on July 23, 2020. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 16 May 2021 The rover, named Zhurong after the Chinese god of fire, is part of China's Tianwen-1 mission, which launched in July 2020. NBC News, 15 May 2021 Its Zhurong rover, named after a god of fire from Chinese folklore, successfully touched down in Utopia Planitia around 7:11 P.M. EST as part of the Tianwen-1 mission, according to the China National Space Administration. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 14 May 2021 Akhmim was home to the cult of Min, a god of fertility and sexuality who was also associated with the desert, according to Ancient Egypt Online. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2021 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, 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, 31 Aug. 2018 But may god forgive the literary critic who swallows the guff of Twenge and her ilk. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, 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, 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

10 Jun 2021

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“God.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for god

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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