One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Theology. Usually Man-God. Jesus, viewed as a being who is both man and God.
2Generally. A being who is both a man (i.e. a human being) and a god; (occasionally) a god having the form of a man (i.e. of a male human being).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Payne (fl. 1597). From man + god [interjection], perhaps after God-man; compare Byzantine Greek ἀνθρωπόθεος (in St Gregory of Nyssa), German Menschgott, French homme Dieu.
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