verb (deifies, deifying, deified)[with object]
Worship or regard as a god: she was deified by the early Romans as a fertility goddess
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- 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.
Middle English (in the sense 'make godlike in character'): from Old French deifier, from ecclesiastical Latin deificare, from deus 'god'.
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- 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.