1. the act of producing or causing to exist; the act of creating; engendering.
  2. the fact of being created.
  3. something that is or has been created.
  4. the Creation, the original bringing into existence of the universe by God.
  5. the world; universe.
  6. creatures collectively.
  7. an original product of the mind, especially an imaginative artistic work: the creations of a poetic genius.
  8. a specially designed dress, hat, or other article of women's clothing, usually distinguished by imaginative or unique styling: the newest Paris creations.

Origin of creation

1350–1400; Middle English creacioun < Latin creātiōn- (stem of creātiō). See create, -ion
Related formscre·a·tion·al, cre·a·tion·ar·y [kree-ey-shuh-ner-ee] /kriˈeɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/, adjectivean·ti·cre·a·tion, adjectivean·ti·cre·a·tion·al, adjectivepre·cre·a·tion, nounself-cre·a·tion, noun

Synonyms for creation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for self-creation

Historical Examples of self-creation

  • She had usurped beyond her share in self-creation, and her part had undone His!


    George MacDonald

  • He was of those who hypnotize themselves, who glow with self-creation, who flower and bloom without pollen.

  • Self-creation (the actualization by which the divinity created Himself) exists once for all, for it is perfect.

British Dictionary definitions for self-creation


  1. the act or process of creating
  2. the fact of being created or produced
  3. something that has been brought into existence or created, esp a product of human intelligence or imagination
  4. the whole universe, including the world and all the things in it
  5. an unusual or striking garment or hat
Derived Formscreational, adjective


noun theol
  1. the Creation God's act of bringing the universe into being
  2. the universe as thus brought into being by God
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Word Origin and History for self-creation



late 14c., "action of creating, a created thing," from Old French creacion (14c., Modern French création) "creation, coming into being," from Latin creationem (nominative creatio) "a creating, a producing," in classical use "an electing, appointment, choice," noun of action from past participle stem of creare (see create). Meaning "that which God has created, the world and all in it" is from 1610s. The native word in the Biblical sense was Old English frum-sceaft. Of fashion costumes, desserts, etc., from 1870s, from French. Creation science is attested by 1970.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-creation in Culture


God's creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis, commencing in this way: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. And the Earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light’: and there was light.” According to this account, the Creation took six days, with God creating Adam and Eve on the sixth day and resting on the seventh day. Genesis also gives another account of the Creation, in which God makes Adam out of clay, prepares the Garden of Eden for him, and then fashions Eve out of Adam's rib.

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