[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. theocracy,
  2. theocrasy,
  3. theocrat,
  4. theocratic,
  5. theocritus,
  6. theodolite,
  7. theodora,
  8. theodorakis,
  9. theodore,
  10. theodore i

Origin of theodicy

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for theodicy


/ (θɪˈɒdɪsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

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

Word Origin for theodicy

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

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Word Origin and History for theodicy



1799, from French théodicée, title of a work by Leibniz, from Greek theos "god" (see Thea) + dike "judgment, justice, usage, custom" (cognate with Latin dicere "to show, tell;" see diction).

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