Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), de·i·fied, de·i·fy·ing. 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.
-ify Related forms de·i·fi·er, noun half-de·i·fied, adjective hy·per·de·i·fy, verb (used with object), hy·per·de·i·fied, hy·per·de·i·fy·ing. self-de·i·fy·ing, adjective un·de·i·fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-deifying verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr) 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 self-deifying deify v.
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.
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