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deity

Syllabification: de·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈdēədē
 
, ˈdāədē
 
/

Definition of deity in English:

noun (plural deities)

1A god or goddess (in a polytheistic religion): a deity of ancient Greece
More example sentences
  • The Celtic religion features many female deities such as a mother goddesses and war goddesses.
  • It may also lead to the assimilation of folk deities with Vedic religion.
  • It is directed to a pantheon of deities, gods and goddesses, each of whom are housed in their own shrine.
Synonyms
god, goddess, divine being, supreme being, divinity, immortal;
1.1Divine status, quality, or nature: a ruler driven by delusions of deity
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  • Upon his death in 1377, the emperor decided to honor him posthumously by bestowing on him the status of deity in charge of protecting the land.
  • Such thoughts can take people of high status from deity to human.
  • In India, Sachin Tendulkar is the brightest of stars, a hero whose epic deeds have stirred a nation and whose status is close to deity.
1.2 (usually the Deity) The creator and supreme being (in a monotheistic religion such as Christianity).
Example sentences
  • Therefore he appears as the Deity to accept the worship and obeisances of His devotees.
  • At festivals we decorate and honor her, but we do not worship her in the sense that we worship the Deity.
  • Darshan of God in the outer temple is generally dualistic; we are perceiving the Deity as separate from us.
1.3A representation of a god or goddess, such as a statue or carving.
Example sentences
  • Bronze deities to beautify the living room shelves are on display.
  • You'll be a bronze deity by comparison, no matter how pale you may feel at home.
  • In Deity carving, Gods are made with male stones and Goddesses with female stones.

Origin

Middle English (denoting the divine nature of God): from Old French deite, from ecclesiastical Latin deitas (translating Greek theotēs), from deus 'god'.

Words that rhyme with deity

gaiety (US gayety), laity, simultaneity, spontaneity

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