Definition of deify in English:



  • Worship or regard as a god.

    ‘she was deified by the early Romans as a fertility goddess’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Ain-i-Akbari and the Akbarnama chronicled and deified the emperor's rule.’
    • ‘In the small communities of villages, all the forces of nature were deified and worshipped.’
    • ‘The tragic figure is deified by the public, who build a temple in his honour and hold him up as a national icon.’
    • ‘They said he was a child-killer and painted him like a criminal rather than deifying him as a hero fighting for their country.’
    • ‘Birds, rivers, trees, fish and animals were frequently deified; and they did not poison their gods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Um, there have, I confess, been efforts to deify Mary.’
    • ‘By this time, the practice of using a contour map of India to deify Bharat Mata had already gained popularity.’
    • ‘We have tried as hard as we can not to deify him, not to be too reverential and not to slip into easy sentiment.’
    • ‘I know that we glamorize and deify the best and the worst humanity has to offer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He died after a misunderstanding with his wife, but was deified and worshipped for many generations.’
    • ‘Others, even while expressing sympathy for her sufferings, find insufferable the attempt by some politicians to deify her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though outlawed and rarely performed, the act is deemed to deify the perpetrator, blessing her family for seven generations after her death.’
    • ‘A feature of these temples is the hundreds of statues of cross-legged tirthankaras or deified Jain teachers.’
    • ‘He said that this proved that the temple was actually a burial site of a Thracian king, who was deified upon his death.’
    idolize, apotheosize, lionize, hero-worship
    worship, revere, venerate, reverence, hold sacred, pay homage to, extol, exalt, adore
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Middle English (in the sense ‘make godlike in character’): from Old French deifier, from ecclesiastical Latin deificare, from deus god.