[ dee-uh-fahy ]
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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.

Origin of deify

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

Other words from deify

  • de·i·fi·er, noun
  • half-de·i·fied, adjective
  • hy·per·de·i·fy, verb (used with object), hy·per·de·i·fied, hy·per·de·i·fy·ing.
  • self-de·i·fy·ing, adjective
  • un·de·i·fied, adjective

Words Nearby deify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use deify in a sentence

  • Not satisfied with three Gods, they must canonize and deify men and make saints and demi-gods.

  • It is a ghastly thing to study these religions, and to see what dark and revolting qualities ignorance can deify.

    The Spanish Pioneers | Charles F. Lummis
  • It is not clear, then, how they can 'deify' classes of things, if they have no notion of deity.

  • His choices free or fetter, elevate or debase, deify or demonize his humanity.

    Tablets | Amos Bronson Alcott

British Dictionary definitions for deify


/ (ˈdiːɪˌfaɪ, ˈdeɪɪ-) /

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

  1. to exalt in an extreme way; idealize

Origin of deify

C14: from Old French deifier, from Late Latin deificāre, from Latin deus god + facere to make

Derived forms of deify

  • deifier, noun

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