god

noun
\ ˈgäd How to pronounce god (audio) also ˈgȯd \
plural gods

Definition of god

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 God : the supreme or ultimate reality: such as
a : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped (as in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism) as creator and ruler of the universe Throughout the patristic and medieval periods, Christian theologians taught that God created the universe …— Jame Schaefer … the Supreme Being or God, the personal form of the Ultimate Reality, is conceived by Hindus as having various aspects.— Sunita Pant Bansal
b Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
2 or less commonly God : a being or object that is worshipped as having more than natural attributes and powers specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality Greek gods of love and war
3 : a person or thing of supreme value had photos of baseball's gods pinned to his bedroom wall
4 : a powerful ruler Hollywood gods that control our movies' fates

god

verb
godded; godding

Definition of god (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat as a god : idolize, deify

Synonyms for god

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of god in a Sentence

Noun Does she believe in God? I pray to God that no one was seriously injured in the accident. the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt a myth about the god of war an offering for the gods a professor who was regarded as a kind of god a guitar god like Jimi Hendrix See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kavachi, named for a sea god of the Gatokae and Vangunu peoples, is approximately 15 miles south of Vangunu Island. Julia Musto, Fox News, 27 May 2022 Khnum was the Egyptian god of fertility, associated with water and represented as a man with a ram’s head. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2022 Named after a sea god of the Indigenous Gatokae and Vangunu people, Kavachi is located about 15 miles south of Vangunu Island, part of the Solomon Islands east of Papua New Guinea. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 May 2022 The asteroid would come to be called Apophis, after the Egyptian god of destruction. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 5 May 2022 Already on Mars are NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed in Feb. 2021, and China’s first Mars rover, Zhurong, named after the Chinese god of fire. NBC News, 17 Mar. 2022 It’s the only one named after the Greek god of the sky (Uranus was the father of Saturn and the grandfather of Jupiter). Jamie Carter, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 The temple honors Zeus Kasios—a deity who merges Greek god Zeus and Mount Kasios. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 Leslye Headland, the writer who co-created Season 1 with Lyonne and Amy Poehler, has likened Horse to Pan, the Greek god of nature and wildness. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of god

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1595, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for god

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German got god

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22 Jun 2022

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“God.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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god

noun
\ ˈgäd How to pronounce god (audio) \

Kids Definition of god

1 capitalized : the Being worshipped as the creator and ruler of the universe
2 : a being believed to have more than human powers Ancient peoples worshipped many gods.
3 : an object worshipped as divine

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