Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A god or goddess.
  • n. The essential nature or condition of being a god; divinity.
  • n. God. Used with the.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The collection of attributes which make up the nature of a god; divinity; godhead.
  • n. A god or goddess; a heathen god.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Godhead; divinity; the attributes of a god; especially, the nature and essence of the one Supreme Being.
  • n. [capitalized] God; the Supreme Being, or infinite self-existing Spirit: regularly with the definite article.
  • n. A god; a divinity; a being to whom a divine or godlike nature is attributed; an object or a person worshiped as a god.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force

Etymologies

Middle English deite, from Old French, from Late Latin deitās, divine nature, from Latin deus, god.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French deité, from Latin deitās, from deus ("god"). (Wiktionary)

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