sun god


often capitalized S&G
: a god that represents or personifies the sun in various religions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One of the most iconic ones is the Kinich Kakmó, a pyramid dedicated to the Maya sun god. Christin Parcerisa Vigueras, Travel + Leisure, 11 Apr. 2023 Prayed to the sun god to dispel my gloom. Virginia Konchan, The Atlantic, 2 Nov. 2022 So my name, Amon-Ra, is the Egyptian sun god. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2021 Earlier this month, the Air Force Research Laboratory unveiled a component coyly named Helios (after the original Greek sun god) for its forthcoming Arachne spacecraft, the main part of the Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research (SSPIDR) project. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 30 Dec. 2020 The festival celebrates the triumph of Mithra — the sun god — over darkness. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 Rhodes was also renowned for its 3rd Century statue of the sun god, Helios, better known as the Colossus of Rhodes. Nick Kontis, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2023 Worshiped alongside the sun god Huitzilopochtli in the great Aztec temple, Tlāloc was portrayed as both fearsome and beautiful with royal blue skin, circular eyes made of serpents and thick red fangs. Deborah Netburnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2023 As depicted in paintings and sculptures, the Maya sun god, giver of life, is no Apollo. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sun god was circa 1592

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“Sun god.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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sun god

often capitalized S&G
: a god that represents the sun in various religions

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