Definition of deity in English:



  • 1A god or goddess (in a polytheistic religion)

    ‘a deity of ancient Greece’
    • ‘He marries the infamous Jezebel, and built a Temple to the Canaanite deity Baal, popularizing this form of idolatry among the Jewish people.’
    • ‘I know I will never convince anyone who does not believe in a Deity.’
    • ‘The ancient religion of Hawaii incorporates hundreds of deities as well as magical and animist beliefs.’
    • ‘These temples would have housed the cult statue of the deity, for example the head of Minerva found at Bath, and were not used for congregational worship.’
    • ‘Pioneers to this region must have been astounded to find massive tree falls that had literally been turned to stone, as if it were an eccentric display of some fabled deity.’
    • ‘But the Aug. 23 communique contains references to him and his role as college football deity.’
    • ‘It may also lead to the assimilation of folk deities with Vedic religion.’
    • ‘Often a Deity will find you, and that's when things start to get interesting.’
    • ‘There would be monotheistic Jews as well as former worshipers of pagan deities.’
    • ‘The Celtic religion features many female deities such as a mother goddesses and war goddesses.’
    • ‘A shrine can be anything from a room, a small altar or simply pictures or statues of the deity.’
    • ‘The Deity has emeralds embedded in its eyes and diamonds on its forehead and navel.’
    • ‘It is directed to a pantheon of deities, gods and goddesses, each of whom are housed in their own shrine.’
    • ‘So, here's my question: If you don't have to believe in a deity to be a religion, what, if anything, do you have to believe in?’
    • ‘They adopted a synergetic approach, assimilating native deities with gods or goddesses from their own pantheon.’
    • ‘The chosen deity in the Tantras may be a form the Goddess Mother.’
    • ‘Frankincense, which was burned in the shrines of numerous deities, represented divinity.’
    • ‘The Deity of the Forest wouldn't destroy the Great Spirit, would she?’
    • ‘It's all about repackaging, including modern pantheon of deities or hero figures, constructing a metanarrative.’
    • ‘Saturn as a god has links to the earth quite separate from his astrological links, and is a major figure in early Roman religion as a farming deity.’
    god, goddess, divine being, celestial being, supreme being, divinity, immortal
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    1. 1.1mass noun Divine status, quality, or nature.
      ‘a ruler driven by delusions of deity’
      • ‘I think of some of the people around the table who have been elevated to almost deity status.’
      • ‘If anyone asked me right now, I'd be more than happy to nominate Adele for deity status.’
      • ‘I surely sense their energy within every particle of it, but for me to say that deity is not separate from nature is to make a crucial mistake.’
      • ‘In India, Sachin Tendulkar is the brightest of stars, a hero whose epic deeds have stirred a nation and whose status is close to deity.’
      • ‘Such thoughts can take people of high status from deity to human.’
      • ‘Upon his death in 1377, the emperor decided to honor him posthumously by bestowing on him the status of deity in charge of protecting the land.’
      • ‘With an almost Zen calm, she stretches in a feline manner and prepares to bag up global deity status.’
      divine nature, divineness, godliness, godhead, holiness, sanctity, sanctitude, sacredness, blessedness
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    2. 1.2 The creator and supreme being (in a monotheistic religion such as Christianity)
      ‘she raised her head as if appealing to the Deity presiding over the church’
      • ‘The fact is that our founders did not give us a nation frightened by the apparition of the Deity lurking about in our most central places.’
      • ‘Therefore he appears as the Deity to accept the worship and obeisances of His devotees.’
      • ‘To disregard the sanctity of life is to play God, however one perceives the Deity.’
      • ‘They believe that God exists, but do not have a specific belief about the nature of that deity.’
      • ‘Outside of the church there was no approaching the Deity, or at least we know that is what the masses were taught.’
      • ‘Thus the postulation of the Deity is not only permissible, it is unavoidable.’
      • ‘Most commentators derided him for invoking the Deity in his televised interview with last weekend.’
      • ‘These pretenders offer new notions of the Deity, new doctrines, commands, ceremonies and modes of worship.’
      • ‘Otherwise, why else would the Deity feel the need to impose laws that repress human nature?’
      • ‘However, it should be recognized that these laws had been pursued and found at least in part because a belief in a law-giving Deity existed.’
      • ‘This edition was used by the Catholic Church as the basis of religious and philosophical praise to the Deity.’
      • ‘In short, on the frontier Americans imagined themselves to be on an imperial mission from an aggressive, easily offended, intolerant deity.’
      • ‘Since it is the nature of God to create, humanity's closest affinity to the Deity lies in its creativity.’
      • ‘The Deity is coeternal with Time and Space, and has all his attributes infinite.’
      • ‘Darshan of God in the outer temple is generally dualistic; we are perceiving the Deity as separate from us.’
      • ‘At festivals we decorate and honor her, but we do not worship her in the sense that we worship the Deity.’
      • ‘Yes there was a God, and what an amazing sense of humor the Deity possessed!’
      god, lord, lord god, deity
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    3. 1.3 A representation of a god or goddess, such as a statue or carving.
      ‘also on show is a bronze falcon deity’
      • ‘You can merge this meditation technique with any faith tradition and focus on any sacred object or deity.’
      • ‘Oil lamps burn flickeringly in front of each deity.’
      • ‘Bronze deities to beautify the living room shelves are on display.’
      • ‘Various complex stages of production were followed to give form to this beautifully sculpted deity, crafted in 92.5 sterling silver.’
      • ‘The red and distant deity was reserved for sacred festivals held every morning to the east.’
      • ‘You'll be a bronze deity by comparison, no matter how pale you may feel at home.’
      • ‘In Deity carving, Gods are made with male stones and Goddesses with female stones.’


Middle English (denoting the divine nature of God): from Old French deite, from ecclesiastical Latin deitas (translating Greek theotēs), from deus ‘god’.