Definition of deify in English:

deify

Syllabification: de·i·fy
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.
Synonyms
worship, revere, venerate, reverence, hold sacred; immortalizeidolize, lionize, extol, hero-worship; idealize, glorify, aggrandize, overpraise, put on a pedestal

Origin

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

Derivatives

deification

Pronunciation: /ˌdēəfiˈkāSHən/
noun
More 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.

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