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noun, plural the·od·i·cies.
  1. a vindication of the divine attributes, particularly holiness and justice, in establishing or allowing the existence of physical and moral evil.
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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
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noun plural -cies
  1. the branch of theology concerned with defending the attributes of God against objections resulting from physical and moral evil
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Derived Formstheodicean, adjective

Word Origin

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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