[ thee-od-uh-see ]
/ θiˈɒd ə si /

noun, plural the·od·i·cies.

a vindication of the divine attributes, particularly holiness and justice, in establishing or allowing the existence of physical and moral evil.

Origin of theodicy

1790–1800; theo- + Greek dík(ē) justice + -y3, modeled on French théodicée, a coinage of Leibniz

Related forms

the·od·i·ce·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (θɪˈɒdɪsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

the branch of theology concerned with defending the attributes of God against objections resulting from physical and moral evil

Derived Forms

theodicean, adjective

Word Origin for theodicy

C18: coined by Leibnitz in French as théodicée, from theo- + Greek dikē justice
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