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[thee-od-uh-see] /θiˈɒd ə si/
noun, plural theodicies.
a vindication of the divine attributes, particularly holiness and justice, in establishing or allowing the existence of physical and moral evil.
Origin of theodicy
1790-1800; theo- + Greek dík(ē) justice + -y3, modeled on French théodicée, a coinage of Leibniz
Related forms
theodicean, adjective Unabridged
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  • No theology, no theodicy, has ever attributed to God this title.

  • This is particularly so in the theodicy, as its many citations of theologians suggest.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • And so, to his own and the succeeding generation, Leibniz was known as the author of the theodicy.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • The work nevertheless appeared in 1710 as the Essays in theodicy.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • His theodicy is narrow; shallow, as was the philosophy of his age.

  • Thus they presented in fact a theodicy, a rudimentary philosophy of religion.

  • The admission of this single truth of value is enough to raise all the time-honoured problems of ethics and theodicy.

  • Leibnitz, in his Monadology, and more especially his theodicy, witnessed to his belief in this doctrine.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
  • To tell the truth,” said Mr. Gimblett, “I went to sleep at that long word, and did not awake until he was on theodicy.


    John Bate
British Dictionary definitions for theodicy


noun (pl) -cies
the branch of theology concerned with defending the attributes of God against objections resulting from physical and moral evil
Derived Forms
theodicean, adjective
Word Origin
C18: coined by Leibnitz in French as théodicée, from theo- + Greek dikē justice
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Word Origin and History for theodicy

1799, from French théodicée, title of a work by Leibniz, from Greek theos "god" (see Thea) + dike "judgment, justice, usage, custom" (cognate with Latin dicere "to show, tell;" see diction).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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