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

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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 Love, lust, grief, terror, and divine punishment trigger a series of startling changes in Ovid’s retelling of 250 stories of gods and mortals. Esteban Berché, National Geographic, "Did Ovid's erotic poetry lead to his exile from Rome?," 26 Nov. 2019 According to Greek mythology, Perseus was the son of Zeus, the king of the gods of Mount Olympus. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Skywatch: The hero of winter is on the rise," 17 Nov. 2019 And in ancient Egypt, cats were considered an embodiment of the gods and worshiped. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "It's National Black Cat Day! Here are five facts to know about our black feline friends," 27 Oct. 2019 Audience members see the performers as children, jubilantly playing with toy planes and learning to fly, then growing to adulthood and experimenting with wings and propellers, and then experiencing the wrath of the gods who punish their arrogance. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Walk-through experiences the highlight this years Without Walls Festival," 19 Oct. 2019 Perseus, the son of Zeus, embarks on a dangerous mission to prevent Hades from toppling the king of the gods and laying waste to Earth. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Statues depicting its heroes and villains tower over my head—a gallery of Greek gods, so to speak, for the gaming set. By Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Cloud Gaming Is Big Tech’s New Street Fight," 19 July 2019 But some Native Hawaiians consider the land holy, as a realm of gods and a place of worship. CBS News, "Activists block road in protests over Hawaii telescope location," 15 July 2019 There were visual puns that needed no further explanation, and proved again that Photoshop is the tool of the humor gods. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Twitter unleashes on Trump for Revolutionary War 'airport' flub," 5 July 2019 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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Time Traveler for god

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The first known use of god was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“God.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godding. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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