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theodicy

[ thee-od-uh-see ]
/ θiˈɒd ə si /
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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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for theodicy

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 forms of theodicy

theodicean, adjective

Word Origin for theodicy

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