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

Definition of god

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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

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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 Gus Malzahn showed off his wiliness as a play-caller, Anders Carlson morphed into a kicking god and Shaun Shivers almost decapitated a player. Giana Han, al, "Top 5 Auburn and Alabama games from this season to rewatch," 21 Mar. 2020 Thucydides describes the futility of any human response: Appeals to the gods and the work of doctors – who died in droves – were equally useless. Joel Christensen, The Conversation, "Plagues follow bad leadership in ancient Greek tales," 12 Mar. 2020 The group of protesting Hindus shouted praise for Hindu gods and goddesses. Time, "Communal Violence Over India's Citizenship Law Leaves 13 Dead as Trump and Modi Talk," 26 Feb. 2020 The group of protesting Hindus shouted praise for Hindu gods and goddesses. NBC News, "Deadly violence sweeps Indian capital of New Delhi during Trump visit," 26 Feb. 2020 No commandments are technically broken here, although there may be some bending of the first, the one about having no other gods, and possibly the one about keeping the Sabbath holy, what with matinees and all. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Prince of Egypt': Theater Review," 26 Feb. 2020 Reuters/Will Dunham Few topics arouse the passions of Americans like god and government and whether the twain shall meet. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A major church and state case ignites ungodly amounts of debate at US Supreme Court," 21 Jan. 2020 For example, among those worshiping the Christ child were Hindu and Buddhist gods and goddesses: Krishna, Saraswati, Ganesha and Pattini. Washington Post, "Repairing a Nativity scene that lost a head," 6 Jan. 2020 Add it all up and Iowa's days as a trendsetting state where dozens of would-be presidents must grovel before the gods of ethanol and direct democracy are probably over. David Faris, TheWeek, "2 winners and 3 losers from Iowa," 7 Feb. 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


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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27 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“God.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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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


\ 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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