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deify

[ dee-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈdi əˌfaɪ /
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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.

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RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

deid, deif, deific, deification, deiform, deify, deighton, deign, deil, deimos, deindex

Origin of deify

1300–50; Middle English deifien < Old French deifier < Late Latin deificāre. See deification, -ify
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British Dictionary definitions for deify

deify

/ (ˈdiːɪˌfaɪ, ˈdeɪɪ-) /

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 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 deify

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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