[ kree-ey-shuhn ]
/ kriˈeɪ ʃən /


Nearby words

  1. creatinemia,
  2. creatininase,
  3. creatinine,
  4. creatinine clearance,
  5. creatinuria,
  6. creation science,
  7. creationary,
  8. creationism,
  9. creationist,
  10. creative

Origin of creation

1350–1400; Middle English creacioun < Latin creātiōn- (stem of creātiō). See create, -ion

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-creation

  • 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.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3|Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • She had usurped beyond her share in self-creation, and her part had undone His!

    Lilith|George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for self-creation


/ (kriːˈeɪʃən) /


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


/ (kriːˈeɪʃən) /

noun theol

the Creation God's act of bringing the universe into being
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

Culture definitions for self-creation


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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