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[dee-uh-fi-key-shuh n]
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  1. the act of deifying.
  2. the state of being deified.
  3. the result of deifying: Their gods were deifications of their ancient kings.
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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
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Related Words for deification

admiration, veneration, piety, adoration, loyalty, esteem, deference, respect, awe, devotion, ritual, prayer, rite, dignity, confidence, trust, glory, faith, attention, credit

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British Dictionary definitions for deification


  1. the act or process of exalting to the position of a god
  2. 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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