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[dem-ee-god] /ˈdɛm iˌgɒd/
a mythological being who is partly divine and partly human; an inferior deity.
a deified mortal.
Origin of demigod
1520-30; translation of Latin sēmideus. See demi-, god Unabridged
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  1. a mythological being who is part mortal, part god
  2. a lesser deity
a person with outstanding or godlike attributes
Derived Forms
demigoddess, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C16: translation of Latin sēmideus
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Word Origin and History for demigod

1520s, from demi- + god, rendering Latin semideus. The child of sexual intercourse between a deity and a mortal, a man raised to divine rank, or a minor god.

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demigod in Technology

A hacker with years of experience, a national reputation, and a major role in the development of at least one design, tool, or game used by or known to more than half of the hacker community. To qualify as a genuine demigod, the person must recognisably identify with the hacker community and have helped shape it. Major demigods include Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie (co-inventors of Unix and C) and Richard Stallman (inventor of Emacs). In their hearts of hearts, most hackers dream of someday becoming demigods themselves, and more than one major software project has been driven to completion by the author's veiled hopes of apotheosis.
See also net.god, true-hacker.
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