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Origin of demigod

1520–30; translation of Latin sēmideus. See demi-, god Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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    1. a mythological being who is part mortal, part god
    2. a lesser deity
  1. a person with outstanding or godlike attributes
Derived Formsdemigoddess, fem n

Word Origin for demigod

C16: translation of Latin sēmideus
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Word Origin and History for demigod

1520s, from demi- + god, rendering Latin semideus. The child of sexual intercourse between a deity and a mortal, a man raised to divine rank, or a minor god.

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