Definition of demigod in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdemēˌɡäd/


1A being with partial or lesser divine status, such as a minor deity, the offspring of a god and a mortal, or a mortal raised to divine rank: some Roman emperors claimed descent from demigods such as Hercules
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  • The first and most important is the belief in the absolute oneness of God, the unitary nature of the divinity that allows for no pantheon of saints, demigods or divine consorts and children.
  • These are conceived in terms of various spirits, ancestors, demigods, demons, and so on.
  • This demigod assisted Lord Shiva in controlling the ghosts and goblins and hence it was considered important that he be satisfied by an offering of beautiful artifacts for his temple.
1.1A man who is greatly admired or respected: a former juvenile delinquent who would become a counterculture demigod Roth even mocked the demigod James Joyce
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  • Is it any surprise, then, that we have elevated sports heroes to the status of demigods?
  • I think it is absolutely amazing that we should be saying to a group that as part of their treaty settlement the courts will afford them the status of demigods.
  • Yes, the band was too big and grand, and perhaps its members were convinced of their own demigod status.


Mid 16th century: translating Latin semideus.

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Syllabification: dem·i·god

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