Definition of deify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdēəˌfī/

verb (deifies, deifying, deified)

[with object] (usually be deified)
Worship, regard, or treat (someone or something) as a god: she was deified by the early Romans as a fertility goddess
More example sentences
  • The prophet Muhammad is not deified but is regarded as a human who was selected by God to spread the word to others through the Koran, Islam's holiest book.
  • He died after a misunderstanding with his wife, but was deified and worshipped for many generations.
  • In the small communities of villages, all the forces of nature were deified and worshipped.
worship, revere, venerate, reverence, hold sacred;
idolize, lionize, extol, hero-worship;
idealize, glorify, aggrandize, overpraise, put on a pedestal



Pronunciation: /ˌdēəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • It is to his credit that he has long resisted deification and hero worship, indeed all the elaborate trappings of being a living symbol.
  • During the Late Period his veneration extended to deification and he became a local god at Memphis where he was glorified for his skills as a physician and a healer.
  • I'm sure though we can all think of the fabulously wealthy who have no problem taking advantage of their deification to extract even greater wealth and power from society at large.


Middle English (in the sense 'make godlike in character'): from Old French deifier, from ecclesiastical Latin deificare, from deus 'god'.

  • divine from Late Middle English:

    Divine ‘godlike’ came via Old French from Latin divinus, from divus ‘godlike’ (related to deus ‘god’, source of Middle English deify). The gradual weakening of the word to a general term of praise, which started in the late 15th century, can be compared with ‘heavenly’. The phrase the divine right of kings stating that legitimate kings derive their power from God alone, came into specific use in the 17th century under the Stuart kings.

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Syllabification: de·i·fy

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