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noun, plural the·og·o·nies.
  1. the origin of the gods.
  2. an account of this; a genealogical account of the gods.
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Origin of theogony

From the Greek word theogonía, dating back to 1605–15. See theo-, -gony
Related formsthe·o·gon·ic [thee-uh-gon-ik] /ˌθi əˈgɒn ɪk/, adjectivethe·og·o·nist, noun
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noun plural -nies
  1. the origin and descent of the gods
  2. an account of this, often recited in epic poetry
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Derived Formstheogonic (ˌθɪəˈɡɒnɪk), adjectivetheogonist, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Greek theogonia; see theo-, -gony
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Word Origin and History for theogony


1610s, "the account of the birth or genealogy of the gods," from Greek theogonia "generation or birth of the gods," from theos "a god" (see Thea) + -gonia "a begetting."

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