de·​i·​ty | \ ˈdē-ə-tē How to pronounce deity (audio) , ˈdā- How to pronounce deity (audio) \
plural deities

Essential Meaning of deity

: a god or goddess ancient Greek deities a reference to the Deity [=God]

Full Definition of deity

1a : the rank or essential nature of a god : divinity
b capitalized : god sense 1, supreme being
2 : a god (see god entry 1 sense 2) or goddess the deities of ancient Greece
3 : one exalted or revered as supremely good or powerful such established American deities as Daniel Boone, Kit Carson— J. D. Hart the deities of the banking world

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Examples of deity in a Sentence

to the ancient Greeks, Zeus was the deity who ruled over the sky and weather, and Poseidon was god of the sea we prayed to the Deity for guidance
Recent Examples on the Web The names of those four deities are included in the chant, along with the name of a fifth deity, the lawsuit says. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2021 By popular vote, the British people chose Branwen, the name of a deity from Celtic mythology, as the new protector of the empire. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2021 An ex-convict becomes the bodyguard of a powerful deity. Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2021 In the poems, the reader encounters a sophisticated, erudite writer dedicated to revering the Hindu deity Vishnu in his many aspects. Whitney Cox, The New York Review of Books, 27 May 2021 After a morning spent treating the volcano like some unseen deity, its sudden unveiling was revelatory. oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2021 Evangelion became an international sensation and astounded audiences with its introspective nature, sometimes shocking imagery and a futuristic vision of deity-killing robots. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, 20 Aug. 2021 Pearce's induction date had been set back in June, when country deity Dolly Parton invited the 31-year-old artist to join the Opry — a surprise that brought an even greater flood of happy tears. Nancy Kruh,, 4 Aug. 2021 The sacred structure in each village was styled like the willow huts that served as houses, and the Tongva holy place was Puvungna, where Cal State Long Beach stands, the birthplace of the prophet or deity Chinigchinich. Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021

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First Known Use of deity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for deity

Middle English deitee, from Anglo-French deité, from Late Latin deitat-, deitas, from Latin deus god; akin to Old English Tīw, god of war, Latin divus god, dies day, Greek dios heavenly, Sanskrit deva heavenly, god

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“Deity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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de·​i·​ty | \ ˈdē-ə-tē How to pronounce deity (audio) , ˈdā- \
plural deities

Kids Definition of deity

1 capitalized : god sense 1
2 : god sense 2, goddess Roman deities

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