Origin of deva
Examples from the Web for deva
And perhaps, while he is about it, he might get killed in a Deva gorge.Northern Spain|Edgar T. A. Wigram
The words Deva and Asura have an exactly opposite significance in the two religions.
And, if we inquire diligently, we shall find our Davy in the Deva of the Indian mythology.Storyology|Benjamin Taylor
This aforementioned Deva was responsible for the most unspeakable atrocities against the Albanian population in Albania proper.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
There are also several Deva temples, occupied by sectaries of different kinds.Buddhism, In its Connexion With Brahmanism and Hinduism, and In Its Contrast with Christianity|Sir Monier Monier-Williams
British Dictionary definitions for deva
Word Origin for deva
Word Origin and History for deva
"god, good spirit" in Hindu religion, from Sanskrit deva "a god," originally "a shining one," from *div- "to shine," thus cognate with Greek dios "divine" and Zeus, and Latin deus "god" (Old Latin deivos); see Zeus.
Fem. form devi is used for "goddess," also (with capital D-) for the mother goddess in Hinduism. Hence, also, devadasi "temple dancing girl," literally "female servant of a god," from dasi "slave girl." Also Devanagari, the formal alphabet of Sanskrit writings, perhaps originally "divine city script," from nagara "city."