adjective, god·li·er, god·li·est.

conforming to the laws and wishes of God; devout; pious.
coming from God; divine.

Origin of godly

before 1000; Middle English; Old English godlīc. See God, -ly
Related formsgod·li·ness, noun

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Contemporary Examples of godly

  • Michael Kazin is the author, most recently, of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan and is co-editor of Dissent.

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British Dictionary definitions for godly


adjective -lier or -liest

having a religious character; pious; devouta godly man
Derived Formsgodliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for godly

late 14c., from god + -ly (1).

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