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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of deify

Historical Examples of deify

  • It is not clear, then, how they can 'deify' classes of things, if they have no notion of deity.

  • The nincompoop can always be counted on to deify the commonplace.

    The Fighting Chance

    Robert W. Chambers

  • It did not conquer, but I may not deify that it restrained my ardour.

    The Merry Men

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Every one was prepared to deify him, and he received this homage with pleasure.

  • There are men even now who would outrage virtue, and deify the crime.


    Augustus C. Hamlin

British Dictionary definitions for deify


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

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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