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
Without doubt the term deity was deliberately chosen, for it does not exclude a heathen interpretation.
The anti-abortion holy rollers should be reminded that their deity is the greatest single abortionist in history, having “caused” countless miscarriages through the millenia, all for some “divine purpose.”
Your other question of the deity is a metaphysical one and is based on faith.
The council of Nice and the decision to make Christ a deity is historical fact.
For a lot of people, positing a deity is a pretty straightforward form of inference to the best explanation — and for a lot of our history, given the dizzying complexity of the natural world, it was scarcely an unreasonable hypothesis.
This "deity" is popular among the drug using and selling people.
So, vojjor, the word for deity actually derives from the word for statue.
The white men had come among them, and they were devoting too little time to fishing, and too much to a certain deity whose transient habitat was in countless black bottles.
Back in Ireland, the euhemerised deity is commemorated on 1 February.
Basically, between Gog, Magog, Persia, and legions of squealing teenagers, even an omnipotent deity is woefully outmatched.