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[dee-uh-fahy] /ˈdi əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), deified, deifying.
to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity; personify as a deity:
to deify a beloved king.
to adore or regard as a deity:
to deify wealth.
Origin of deify
1300-50; Middle English deifien < Old French deifier < Late Latin deificāre. See deification, -ify
Related forms
deifier, noun
half-deified, adjective
hyperdeify, verb (used with object), hyperdeified, hyperdeifying.
self-deifying, adjective
undeified, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is not clear, then, how they can 'deify' classes of things, if they have no notion of deity.

  • The nincompoop can always be counted on to deify the commonplace.

    The Fighting Chance Robert W. Chambers
  • It did not conquer, but I may not deify that it restrained my ardour.

    The Merry Men Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Every one was prepared to deify him, and he received this homage with pleasure.

  • There are men even now who would outrage virtue, and deify the crime.

    Martyria Augustus C. Hamlin
  • His choices free or fetter, elevate or debase, deify or demonize his humanity.


    Amos Bronson Alcott
  • We deify the garments associated with that all-supreme moment.

    Modeste Mignon Honore de Balzac
  • If you did not deify one as well as the other, what will become of Ino?

    Cicero's Tusculan Disputations Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • You deify the sun and the moon, which the Greeks take to be Apollo and Diana.

    Cicero's Tusculan Disputations Marcus Tullius Cicero
British Dictionary definitions for deify


/ˈdiːɪˌfaɪ; ˈdeɪɪ-/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to exalt to the position of a god or personify as a god
to accord divine honour or worship to
to exalt in an extreme way; idealize
Derived Forms
deifier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French deifier, from Late Latin deificāre, from Latin deus god + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for deify

mid-14c., from Old French deifier (13c.), from Late Latin deificare, from deificus "making godlike," from Latin deus "god" (see Zeus) + -ficare, from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Related: Deified; deifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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