Definition of deific in English:


Pronunciation /deɪˈɪfɪk//diːˈɪfɪk/


  • Resembling a god in qualities such as power or beauty; divine.

    ‘he achieved deific status’
    ‘deific powers’
    • ‘Readers who have been positioned as admiring subjects of Cavendish's deific heroines will understand that the author's creations have a great need and desire for triumphal vindication and adoration.’
    • ‘Schools of occultism insist most strenuously on the deific and all-powerful nature of such beings.’
    • ‘Forests worth of trees have been felled, herds of sheep slaughtered, great pits of clay have been quarried, all so that several millenia of humans can write down their reconsiderations of deific decrees.’
    • ‘As always, on the first day of the new year we visited the ancient local shrine at the foot of the mountain, which visit usually seems to yield sufficient deific largesse for the following year.’
    • ‘The appearnace of the mansion as a Greek temple presiding over a city named in his honor provided a concrete association between Washington and the deific omnipotents of the past.’
    • ‘Of those deific couplings came the mighty men that were of old.’
    • ‘Despite attaining near deific rock star heights they have never allowed success to overtake their sense of duty to their audience.’
    divine, godly, angelic, seraphic, transcendent, superhuman
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Late 15th century: from French déifique or ecclesiastical Latin deificus, from Latin deus ‘god’.