[ thee-od-uh-see ]

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.

Origin of theodicy

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

Other words from theodicy

  • the·od·i·ce·an, adjective

Words Nearby theodicy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use theodicy in a sentence

  • And if we are to consider Leibniz historically, we cannot do better than take up his theodicy, for two reasons.

    Theodicy | G. W. Leibniz
  • Its whole theodicy is a work not of genius but of imagination, a patching up of neo-Platonic ideas.

    What is Property? | P. J. Proudhon

British Dictionary definitions for theodicy


/ (θɪˈɒdɪsɪ) /

nounplural -cies
  1. the branch of theology concerned with defending the attributes of God against objections resulting from physical and moral evil

Origin of theodicy

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

Derived forms of theodicy

  • theodicean, adjective

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