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verb (used with object), de·i·fied, de·i·fy·ing.
  1. to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity; personify as a deity: to deify a beloved king.
  2. to adore or regard as a deity: to deify wealth.
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Origin of deify

1300–50; Middle English deifien < Old French deifier < Late Latin deificāre. See deification, -ify
Related formsde·i·fi·er, nounhalf-de·i·fied, adjectivehy·per·de·i·fy, verb (used with object), hy·per·de·i·fied, hy·per·de·i·fy·ing.self-de·i·fy·ing, adjectiveun·de·i·fied, adjective
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Related Words for deified

idealize, ennoble, idolize, exalt, venerate, consecrate, adore, immortalize, extol, worship, enthrone

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verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to exalt to the position of a god or personify as a god
  2. to accord divine honour or worship to
  3. to exalt in an extreme way; idealize
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Derived Formsdeifier, noun

Word Origin for deify

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 deified



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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