sun god

noun, often capitalized S&G

Definition of sun god

: a god that represents or personifies the sun in various religions

Examples of sun god in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stand beneath the towering Temple of Apollo, where the Greeks once worshipped the sun God and mythical son of Zeus. National Geographic, "Italy and Greece Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 In ancient cultures, the winter solstice was heralded as the beginning of brighter days ahead—an indication that the sun god was regaining his strength. Country Living, "The History of the Christmas Tree Goes Back Farther Than You Might Realize," 4 Sep. 2019 With Apollo’s priestess as the main attraction, Delphi’s renown grew as Greece’s wealthy city states, and powerful conquerors, built sumptuous treasuries filled with rich offerings to encourage the sun god to favor them in war and politics. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 The most common is the belief that Khandoba is a descendant of the sun god Surya and is often depicted with four arms holding bowls of turmeric that symbolize sunlight. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Hindu festival showers Indian town with turmeric," 5 June 2019 Inscribed in stone on a monument showing Hammurabi being blessed by the sun god Shamash, the code governed domestic disputes as well as crimes committed outside the home. National Geographic, "Who was Hammurabi?," 22 Apr. 2019 In Greek mythology, Artemis is the goddess of the moon and twin sister of the sun god Apollo. Los Angeles Times, "Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. Who will be the first woman?," 18 July 2019 On June 24, in time with the Southern Hemisphere’s winter solstice, the Inca Empire celebrated Inti Raymi, a festival that honored the Inca religion’s powerful sun god Inti and marked the Inca new year. National Geographic, "What is the summer solstice? The answer might surprise you.," 20 June 2019 Something similar happened after the reign of Akhenaten (about 1336 B.C.), who had instituted worship of Aten, the sun god; both later suffered iconoclastic indignities. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt’ Review: Editing the Image," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of sun god

circa 1592, in the meaning defined above

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8 Oct 2019

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“Sun god.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of sun god

: a god that represents the sun in various religions

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