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 The Vikings thought pines were special to the sun god, Balder. Faith Bottum, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2021 The items include a likeness of the goddess of transcendent wisdom called the Prajnaparamita and another of the sun god Surya. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 It is named after the character in Greek mythology who drove the sun god Helios’ chariot. Leada Gore |, al, 13 Dec. 2021 The rock comet orbits particularly close to the sun and gets its name from a character in Greek mythology character who drove the sun god Helios' chariot. Sherry Liang, CNN, 13 Dec. 2021 Found beneath the ring finger, the Mount of Apollo derives its name from the sun god of classical antiquity. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 3 Jan. 2020 The temples tied the kings to the sun god Re, or Ra. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Nov. 2021 Worshippers held offerings to the sun god standing waist-deep in the river, while some bathed in the polluted waters. NBC News, 12 Nov. 2021 Still, devotees took a holy dip, standing knee-deep in the river to pray and make offerings to the setting sun in honor of the sun god, to whom the four-day festival is dedicated. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of sun god

circa 1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sun god was circa 1592

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7 Jan 2022

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“Sun god.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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: a god that represents the sun in various religions

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