Definition of act of God in English:

act of God

phrase

  • An instance of uncontrollable natural forces in operation:

    ‘the flooding was surely an act of God’
    • ‘Some nations are apt to believe that war is an inevitable evil, like acts of God, occurrences in accordance with laws of Nature, something utterly impersonal.’
    • ‘This was no accident, an act of God, or a freak occurrence.’
    • ‘Escalator failures, too, are system failures, not acts of God.’
    • ‘Accidents are no longer acts of God but someone's fault and every reasonable step must be taken to avoid them.’
    • ‘At a memorial service on Wednesday evening, school officials and church representatives said the tragedy was an incomprehensible act of God.’
    • ‘Because the event is an act of God, the responsibility for maintenance and repair to the road and bridge falls to the legal road tenure holder and owner - the Ministry of Forests - but the pressure to fix things is on.’
    • ‘Just for starters, we'd probably see way more statistics calculating the economic destructiveness of nature's most underestimated act of God: winter.’
    • ‘Insurance experts say very few policies cover acts of God or disasters of this type.’
    • ‘We went to the council but they said the tree was not diseased, they were not liable and what happened was an act of God.’
    • ‘The priest, though distressed by the death, believes that the death is the act of God and cannot be questioned and ‘perhaps we should love what we can't understand.’’
    • ‘All reasonable people understand that acts of God, accidents, or incidents will happen that will affect the quality of drinking water.’
    • ‘Many people seem to believe his death was an act of God, who came to save them from their misery.’
    • ‘Both sides should just batten down the hatches, prepare for a very long 2004 and remember that miracles, or even acts of God, do happen.’
    • ‘Jack shall not be liable for interruptions caused by strikes, riots, floods, acts of God, loss of communication, or by any event beyond his control.’
    • ‘It is inaccurate to call the tsunami an act of God, because God did not intervene to provoke the disaster.’
    • ‘Some disasters are neither acts of God nor human errors; many environmental refugees are displaced by deliberate development projects.’
    • ‘Storms and other natural disasters are just those: natural disasters and not acts of God.’
    • ‘With acts of God, the events are beyond human control.’
    • ‘Natural calamities are always a tragedy and an act of God.’
    • ‘The prevailing belief in 1930 was that an economic recession was like an earthquake or flood - an act of God that had to be endured.’
    disaster, catastrophe, calamity, tragedy, act of god, devastation, crisis, holocaust, ruin, ruination, upheaval, convulsion, blow, shock, reverse, trouble, trial, tribulation
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