god·​head ˈgäd-ˌhed How to pronounce godhead (audio)
: divine nature or essence
: the nature of God especially as existing in three persons
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Examples of godhead in a Sentence

in some cultures, the ruler of the people has godhead and is worshipped accordingly most Christians believe that there are three separate persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—that make up the Godhead
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Word History


Middle English godhed, from god + -hed -hood; akin to Middle English -hod -hood

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of godhead was in the 13th century

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“Godhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godhead. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


god·​head -ˌhed How to pronounce godhead (audio)
: divine nature : divinity
capitalized : god sense 1
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