[ dee-uh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌdi ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


the act of deifying.
the state of being deified.
the result of deifying: Their gods were deifications of their ancient kings.

Nearby words

  1. deicide,
  2. deictic,
  3. deid,
  4. deif,
  5. deific,
  6. deiform,
  7. deify,
  8. deighton,
  9. deign,
  10. deil

Origin of deification

1350–1400; Middle English deificacion < Late Latin deificātiōn- (stem of deificātiō), equivalent to deificāt(us) (past participle of deificāre; deific(us) deific + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related formshy·per·de·i·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deification


/ (ˌdiːɪfɪˈkeɪʃən, ˌdeɪ-) /


the act or process of exalting to the position of a god
the state or condition of being deified
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Word Origin and History for deification



late 14c., from Late Latin deificationem (nominative deificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of deificare (see deify).

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