Definition of act of God in English:

act of God

phrase

  • An instance of uncontrollable natural forces in operation (often used in insurance claims)

    • ‘The priest, though distressed by the death, believes that the death is the act of God and cannot be questioned and ‘perhaps we should love what we can't understand.’’
    • ‘The prevailing belief in 1930 was that an economic recession was like an earthquake or flood - an act of God that had to be endured.’
    • ‘Both sides should just batten down the hatches, prepare for a very long 2004 and remember that miracles, or even acts of God, do happen.’
    • ‘Some nations are apt to believe that war is an inevitable evil, like acts of God, occurrences in accordance with laws of Nature, something utterly impersonal.’
    • ‘It is inaccurate to call the tsunami an act of God, because God did not intervene to provoke the disaster.’
    • ‘With acts of God, the events are beyond human control.’
    • ‘Storms and other natural disasters are just those: natural disasters and not acts of God.’
    • ‘Escalator failures, too, are system failures, not acts of God.’
    • ‘At a memorial service on Wednesday evening, school officials and church representatives said the tragedy was an incomprehensible act of God.’
    • ‘Just for starters, we'd probably see way more statistics calculating the economic destructiveness of nature's most underestimated act of God: winter.’
    • ‘Insurance experts say very few policies cover acts of God or disasters of this type.’
    • ‘Some disasters are neither acts of God nor human errors; many environmental refugees are displaced by deliberate development projects.’
    • ‘Natural calamities are always a tragedy and an act of God.’
    • ‘Many people seem to believe his death was an act of God, who came to save them from their misery.’
    • ‘Jack shall not be liable for interruptions caused by strikes, riots, floods, acts of God, loss of communication, or by any event beyond his control.’
    • ‘Because the event is an act of God, the responsibility for maintenance and repair to the road and bridge falls to the legal road tenure holder and owner - the Ministry of Forests - but the pressure to fix things is on.’
    • ‘Accidents are no longer acts of God but someone's fault and every reasonable step must be taken to avoid them.’
    • ‘This was no accident, an act of God, or a freak occurrence.’
    • ‘We went to the council but they said the tree was not diseased, they were not liable and what happened was an act of God.’
    • ‘All reasonable people understand that acts of God, accidents, or incidents will happen that will affect the quality of drinking water.’
    disaster, catastrophe, calamity, tragedy, act of god, devastation, crisis, holocaust, ruin, ruination, upheaval, convulsion, blow, shock, reverse, trouble, trial, tribulation
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