from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions.
  • noun The force, effect, or a manifestation or aspect of this being.
  • noun A being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people, especially a male deity thought to control some part of nature or reality.
  • noun An image of a supernatural being; an idol.
  • noun One that is worshiped, idealized, or followed.

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  • noun A deity:
  • noun An idol
  • noun metaphor A person in a high position of authority; a powerful ruler or tyrant.
  • noun An exceedingly handsome man.
  • noun Internet The person who owns and runs a multi-user dungeon.
  • verb To idolize.
  • verb to deify


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

[Middle English, from Old English; see gheu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English, from Old English god ("deity") (akin to Old High German got (a rank of deity)), originally neuter, then changed to masculine to reflect the change in religion to Christianity, both from the Proto-Germanic *gudan (compare Dutch god, German Gott, Danish gud), from the Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto- (“invoked [one]”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰewH- (“to call, to invoke”) or *ǵʰew- (“to pour”). Not related to the word good.


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