deity

[dee-i-tee]

noun, plural de·i·ties.

a god or goddess.
divine character or nature, especially that of the Supreme Being; divinity.
the estate or rank of a god: The king attained deity after his death.
a person or thing revered as a god or goddess: a society in which money is the only deity.
the Deity, God; Supreme Being.

Nearby words

  1. deism,
  2. deisolate,
  3. deist,
  4. deists,
  5. deiters' cell,
  6. deixis,
  7. deja vu,
  8. deject,
  9. dejecta,
  10. dejected

Origin of deity

1250–1300; Middle English deite < Old French < Late Latin deitāt- (stem of deitās), equivalent to Latin dei- (combining form of deus god) + -tāt- -ty2, formed after Latin dīvīnitās divinity

Related formssu·per·de·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·de·i·ties.

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British Dictionary definitions for deity

deity

noun plural -ties

a god or goddess
the state of being divine; godhead
the rank, status, or position of a god
the nature or character of God

Word Origin for deity

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin deitās, from Latin deus god

Deity

noun

the Deity the Supreme Being; God
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Word Origin and History for deity

deity

n.

c.1300, "divine nature;" late 14c., "a god," from Old French deité, from Late Latin deitatem (nominative deitas) "divine nature," coined by Augustine from Latin deus "god," from PIE *deiwos (see Zeus).

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