Definition of deify in English:


verbdeifies, deified, deifying

[with object]
  • Worship or regard as a god.

    ‘she was deified by the early Romans as a fertility goddess’
    • ‘I think we must be the only culture in the world that actually recognises the value and virtue of money and has deified it in this form.’
    • ‘He said that this proved that the temple was actually a burial site of a Thracian king, who was deified upon his death.’
    • ‘The prophet Muhammad is not deified but is regarded as a human who was selected by God to spread the word to others through the Koran, Islam's holiest book.’
    • ‘We deify these people like they can do special, extraordinary things, and they can't.’
    • ‘Many natural processes were deified (once upon a time), as man had no explanation for them.’
    • ‘Though outlawed and rarely performed, the act is deemed to deify the perpetrator, blessing her family for seven generations after her death.’
    • ‘But to deify Orwell, as many disciples were inclined to do, does him an injustice.’
    • ‘By deifying the things we cherish most, we simply force them away from common understanding; more dangerously, we force them away from common scrutiny.’
    • ‘They said he was a child-killer and painted him like a criminal rather than deifying him as a hero fighting for their country.’
    • ‘I know that we glamorize and deify the best and the worst humanity has to offer.’
    • ‘A feature of these temples is the hundreds of statues of cross-legged tirthankaras or deified Jain teachers.’
    • ‘Birds, rivers, trees, fish and animals were frequently deified; and they did not poison their gods.’
    • ‘In the small communities of villages, all the forces of nature were deified and worshipped.’
    • ‘By this time, the practice of using a contour map of India to deify Bharat Mata had already gained popularity.’
    • ‘The tragic figure is deified by the public, who build a temple in his honour and hold him up as a national icon.’
    • ‘Um, there have, I confess, been efforts to deify Mary.’
    • ‘Others, even while expressing sympathy for her sufferings, find insufferable the attempt by some politicians to deify her.’
    • ‘He died after a misunderstanding with his wife, but was deified and worshipped for many generations.’
    • ‘The Ain-i-Akbari and the Akbarnama chronicled and deified the emperor's rule.’
    • ‘We have tried as hard as we can not to deify him, not to be too reverential and not to slip into easy sentiment.’
    worship, revere, venerate, reverence, hold sacred, pay homage to, extol, exalt, adore
    idolize, apotheosize, lionize, hero-worship
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Middle English (in the sense ‘make godlike in character’): from Old French deifier, from ecclesiastical Latin deificare, from deus ‘god’.