deity

[dee-i-tee]
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noun, plural de·i·ties.
  1. a god or goddess.
  2. divine character or nature, especially that of the Supreme Being; divinity.
  3. the estate or rank of a god: The king attained deity after his death.
  4. a person or thing revered as a god or goddess: a society in which money is the only deity.
  5. the Deity, God; Supreme Being.

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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deity

noun plural -ties
  1. a god or goddess
  2. the state of being divine; godhead
  3. the rank, status, or position of a god
  4. the nature or character of God

Word Origin for deity

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

Deity

noun
  1. the Deity the Supreme Being; God
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Word Origin and History for 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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