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[dey-vuh] /ˈdeɪ və/
Hinduism, Buddhism. a god or divinity.
Zoroastrianism. one of an order of evil spirits.
Origin of deva
From Sanskrit Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The city was also called Deunana and deva, after the same river.

  • The positive force you call the deva or Sura; his face is turned, it seems, to God.

    Avatras Annie Besant
  • To shepherds who, in seeking pasture for their flocks, were seeking also pasture for their souls, the deva became Indra.

  • That gives them a special affinity for one deva rather than for another.

    Evolution of Life and Form Annie Wood Besant
  • It is the great caon of the deva, one of the finest passes in the world.

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram
  • "They all belong to the deva Evolution," Dickson mentioned with conviction.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • Marston sat on a broken wall, talking to deva's owner about the race along the coast.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • Towards the river deva were situated, in the first place, the Carnabii.

  • This last stage has completed our circle and brought us again to the deva.

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram
  • The principal rivers of this region were Novius, deva, and partly the Ituna.

British Dictionary definitions for deva


(in Hinduism and Buddhism) a divine being or god
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit: god
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Word Origin and History for deva

"god, good spirit" in Hindu religion, from Sanskrit deva "a god," originally "a shining one," from *div- "to shine," thus cognate with Greek dios "divine" and Zeus, and Latin deus "god" (Old Latin deivos); see Zeus.

Fem. form devi is used for "goddess," also (with capital D-) for the mother goddess in Hinduism. Hence, also, devadasi "temple dancing girl," literally "female servant of a god," from dasi "slave girl." Also Devanagari, the formal alphabet of Sanskrit writings, perhaps originally "divine city script," from nagara "city."

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