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god

 (gŏd)
n.
1. God
a. A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions.
b. The force, effect, or a manifestation or aspect of this being.
2. A being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people, especially a male deity thought to control some part of nature or reality.
3. An image of a supernatural being; an idol.
4. One that is worshiped, idealized, or followed: Money was their god.

[Middle English, from Old English; see gheu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.]

god

(ɡɒd)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a supernatural being, who is worshipped as the controller of some part of the universe or some aspect of life in the world or is the personification of some force.
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) an image, idol, or symbolic representation of such a deity
3. any person or thing to which excessive attention is given: money was his god.
4. a man who has qualities regarded as making him superior to other men
5. (Theatre) (in plural) the gallery of a theatre
[Old English god; related to Old Norse goth, Old High German got, Old Irish guth voice]

God

(ɡɒd)
n
1. (Theology) theol the sole Supreme Being, eternal, spiritual, and transcendent, who is the Creator and ruler of all and is infinite in all attributes; the object of worship in monotheistic religions
2. play God to behave in an imperious or superior manner
interj
an oath or exclamation used to indicate surprise, annoyance, etc (and in such expressions as My God! or God Almighty!)

God

(gɒd)
n.
1. the creator and ruler of the universe; Supreme Being.
2. (l.c.)
a. one of several immortal powers, esp. one with male attributes, presiding over some portion of worldly affairs; deity.
b. the image of such a deity; idol.
3. (l.c.) any deified person or object.
4. Christian Science. the Supreme Being considered with reference to the sum of His attributes.
interj.
5. (used to express disappointment, disbelief, frustration, or the like.)
[before 900; Middle English, Old English; c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon god, Old High German got, Old Norse goth, guth, Gothic guth]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.God - the supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universeGod - the supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object of worship in monotheistic religions
2.God - any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a forcegod - any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
pantheon - all the gods of a religion
spiritual being, supernatural being - an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
daemon, demigod - a person who is part mortal and part god
sea god - a deity that personifies the sea and is usually believed to live in or to control the sea
sun god - a god that personifies the sun or is otherwise associated with the sun
Celtic deity - a deity worshipped by the Celts
Egyptian deity - a deity worshipped by the ancient Egyptians
Semitic deity - a deity worshipped by the ancient Semites
Hindu deity - a deity worshipped by the Hindus
Persian deity - a deity worshiped by the ancient Persians
Chinese deity - a deity worshipped by the ancient Chinese
Japanese deity - a deity worshipped by the Japanese
goddess - a female deity
earth god, earth-god - a god of fertility and vegetation
demiurge - a subordinate deity, in some philosophies the creator of the universe
Graeco-Roman deity, Greco-Roman deity - a deity of classical mythology
Greek deity - a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks
Roman deity - a deity worshipped by the ancient Romans
Norse deity - a deity worshipped by the ancient Norsemen
Teutonic deity - (German mythology) a deity worshipped by the ancient Teutons
Anglo-Saxon deity - (Anglo-Saxon mythology) a deity worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons
Phrygian deity - deity of the ancient Phrygians of west central Asia Minor
saint - a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization
god of war, war god - a god worshipped as giving victory in war
snake god, zombi, zombie - a god of voodoo cults of African origin worshipped especially in West Indies
3.god - a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people; "he was a god among men"
higher-up, superior, superordinate - one of greater rank or station or quality
4.God - a material effigy that is worshippedgod - a material effigy that is worshipped; "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"; "money was his god"
effigy, simulacrum, image - a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture); "the coin bears an effigy of Lincoln"; "the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone"
golden calf - (Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worship; destroyed by Moses; it is now used to refer to anything worshipped undeservedly
joss - a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol
Juggernaut - a crude idol of Krishna

god

noun deity, immortal, divinity, divine being, supreme being Zeus, king of the gods see the Fates, the Graces, the Muses
Quotations
"As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods;"
"They kill us for their sport" [William Shakespeare King Lear]
"Heaven always bears some proportion to earth. The god of the cannibal will be a cannibal, of the crusader a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant" [Ralph Waldo Emerson The Conduct of Life]
"If the triangles were to make a god, he would have three sides" [Montesquieu Lettres Persanes]

Gods and Goddesses

Aztec  Acolmiztli, Acolnahuacatl, Amimitl, Atl, Atlaua, Camaxtli, Centeotl, Centzonuitznaua, Chalchiuhtlatonal, Chalchiuhtlicue, Chalchiutotolin, Chalmecacihuilt, Chantico, Chicomecoatl, Chicomexochtli, Chiconahui, Cihuacoatl, Coatlicue, Cochimetl, Coyolxauhqui, Ehecatl, Huehueteotl, Huitzilopochtli, Huixtocihuatl, Ilamatecuhtli, Innan, Itzlacoliuhque, Itzli, Itzpapalotl, Ixtlilton, Macuilxochitl, Malinalxochi, Mayahuel, Mictlantecihuatl, Mictlantecutli, Mixcoatl, Nanauatzin, Omacatl, Omecihuatl, Ometecuhtli, Patecatl, Paynal, Quetzalcoatl, Tecciztecatl, Techalotl, Techlotl, Tepeyollotl, Teteo, Tezcatlipoca, Tlahuixcalpantecuhtli, Tlaloc, Tlaltecuhtli, Tlazolteotl, Tonacatecuhtli, Tonatiuh, Tzapotla, Tena, Tzintetol, Tzontemoc, Uixtociuatl, Xilonen, Xipe Totec, Xippilli, Xiuhcoatl, Xiuhteuctli, Xochipilli, Xochiquetzal, Xolotl, Yacatecuhtli
Egyptian  Anubis, Hathor, Horus, Isis, Maat, Osiris, Ptah, Ra or Amen-Ra, Re, Serapis, Set, Thoth
Greek  Aeoluswinds Aphroditelove and beauty Apollolight, youth, and music Areswar Artemishunting and the moon Asclepiushealing Athene or Pallas Athenewisdom Bacchuswine Boreasnorth wind Cronosfertility of the earth Demeteragriculture Dionysuswine Eosdawn Eroslove Fatesdestiny Gaea or Gaiathe earth Gracescharm and beauty Hadesunderworld Hebeyouth and spring Hecateunderworld Heliossun Hephaestusfire and metalworking Heraqueen of the gods Hermesmessenger of the gods Horae or the Hoursseasons Hymenmarriage Hyperionsun Hypnossleep Irisrainbow Momusblame and mockery Morpheussleep and dreams Nemesisvengeance Nikevictory Panwoods and shepherds Poseidonsea and earthquakes Rheafertility Selenemoon Uranussky Zephyruswest wind Zeusking of the gods
Hindu  Agni, Brahma, Devi, Durga, Ganesa, Hanuman, Indra, Kali, Kama, Krishna, Lakshmi, Maya, Rama, Siva or Shiva, Ushas, Varuna, Vishnu
Incan Gods and Goddesses  Apo, Apocatequil, Apu Illapu, Apu Punchau, Catequil, Cavillaca, Chasca, Chasca Coyllur, Cocomama, Coniraya, Copacati, Ekkeko, Huaca, Illapa, Inti, Ka-Ata-Killa Kon, Mama Allpa, Mama Cocha, Mama Oello, Mama Pacha, Mama Quilla, Manco Capac, Pachacamac, Pariacaca, Paricia, Punchau, Supay, Urcaguary, Vichama, Viracocha, Zaramama
Mayan  Ac Yanto, Acan, Acat, Ah Bolom Tzacab, Ah Cancum, Ah Chun Caan, Ah Chuy Kak, Ah Ciliz, Ah Cun Can, Ah Cuxtal, Ah Hulneb, Ah Kin, Ah Mun, Ah Muzencab, Ah Peku, Ah Puch, Ah Tabai, Ah Uincir Dz'acab, Ah Uuc Ticab, Ahau-Kin, Ahmakiq, Ahulane, Ajbit, Akhushtal, Alaghom Naom, Alom, Backlum Chaam, Balam, Bitol, Buluc Chabtan, Cabaguil, Cakulha, Camaxtli, Camazotz, Caprakan, Cauac, Chac, Chac Uayab Xoc, Chamer, Chibirias, Cit Bolon Tum, Cizin, Colel Cab, Colop U Uichkin, Coyopa, Cum Hau, Ekchuah, Ghanan, Gucumatz, Hacha'kyum, Hun Came, Hun Hunahpu, Hunab Ku, Hurakan, Itzamna, Itzananohk`u, Ix, Ixchel or Ix Chebel Yax, Ixtab, Ixzaluoh, Kan, Kan-u-Uayeyab, Kan-xib-yui, Kianto, K'in, Kinich Ahau, Kukulcan, Mulac, Naum, Nohochacyum, Tlacolotl, Tohil, Tzakol, Votan, Xaman Ek, Yaluk, Yum Caax, Zotz
Norse  Aegir, Aesir, Balder, Bragi, Frey or Freyr, Freya or Freyja, Frigg or Frigga, Hel or Hela, Heimdall, Heimdal, or Heimdallr, Idun or Ithunn, Loki, Njord or Njorth, Norns, Odin or Othin, Thor, Tyr or Tyrr, Vanir
Roman  Aesculapiusmedicine Apollolight, youth, and music Auroradawn Bacchuswine Bellonawar Bona Deafertility Ceresagriculture Cupidlove Cybelenature Dianahunting and the moon Faunusforests Floraflowers Janusdoors and beginnings Junoqueen of the gods Jupiter or Joveking of the gods Lareshousehold Lunamoon Marswar Mercurymessenger of the gods Minervawisdom Neptunesea Penatesstoreroom Phoebussun Plutounderworld Quirinuswar Saturnagriculture and vegetation Solsun Somnussleep Triviacrossroads Venuslove Victoriavictory Vulcanfire and metalworking

God

noun
Related words
adjective divine
fear theophobia
Quotations
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" Bible: Psalms
"God is seen God"
"In the star, in the stone, in the flesh, in the soul and the clod" [Robert Browning Men and Women]
"You cannot plumb the depths of the human heart, nor find out what a man is thinking; how do you expect to search out God, who made all these things, and find out his mind or comprehend his thoughts?" Apocrypha: Judith
"If God did not exist, man would have to invent him" [Voltaire Epître CIV à l'auteur du livre des trois imposteurs]
"God moves in a mysterious way"
"His wonders to perform" [William Cowper Light Shining Out of Darkness]
"The voice of the people is the voice of God" [Alcuin Epistles]
"God is but a word invented to explain the world" [Lamartine Nouvelle harmonies poétiques et religieuses]
"Thou shalt have one God only; who"
"Would be at the expense of two?" [Arthur Hugh Clough The Latest Decalogue]
"God is subtle, but he is not malicious" [Albert Einstein]
"God, to me, it seems,"
"is a verb"
"not a noun,"
"proper or improper" [R. Buckminster Fuller No More Secondhand God]
"Theist and Atheist: The fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name" [Samuel Butler Note-books]
"It is an insult to God to believe in God" [Galen Strawson]
"God and the doctor we alike adore"
"But only when in danger, not before;"
"The danger o'er, both are alike requited,"
"God is forgotten, and the Doctor slighted" [John Owen Epigrams]
"Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me" [Alice Walker The Color Purple]
Translations
اللهالهإله
бог
déu
bůhbohyně
gudgudindeidolafgud
Dio
jumal
jumalajumalankuvaepäjumala
bog
istenJóistenÚristenbálvány
dewatuhan
Guðguîguî, goî, gyîja
アイドル偶像
deadeusdi
Dievasdievobaimingasdievobaimingumaskrikštaduktėkrikštamotė
Dievsdievība
bógbóstwo
Dumnezeuzeu
boh
Bog
бог
gud
Allahbwana
พระเจ้า
thượng đế

god

[gɒd] N
1.dios m
GodDios m
(my) God!; good God!¡Dios mío!, ¡santo Dios!
God forbid¡Dios me libre!
he thinks he's God's gift to womense cree que lo creó Dios para ser la felicidad de las mujeres
God help them if that's what they thinkque Dios les ayude si piensan así
I hope to god she'll be happyDios quiera que sea feliz
God (only) knowssólo Dios sabe, sabe Dios
what in God's name is he doing?¿qué demonios está haciendo?
please God!¡quiera Dios!
for God's sake!¡por Dios!
thank God!¡gracias a Dios!
God willingsi Dios quiere, Dios mediante
God helps those who help themselvesa quien madruga Dios le ayuda
see also forbid 2
2. the gods (Theat) → el gallinero, el paraíso

God

[ˈgɒd] nDieu
I believe in God → Je crois en Dieu.
a man of God (= priest) → un homme de Dieu
God forbid! → grands dieux non!
to think one is God's gift
He thinks he's God's gift to women → Il se croit irrésistible.
God help you if ... → je vous souhaite bien de la chance si ...
God help them! → que Dieu leur vienne en aide!
what in God's name → pour l'amour du ciel
why in God's name → pour l'amour du ciel pourquoi
God knows!, God only knows! → Dieu seul le sait!
to play God → se prendre pour Dieu
please God → mon Dieu, je vous en supplie!
I wish to God I ... → si seulement je ...
I hope to God → j'espère de tout mon cœur
I swear to God → je le jure devant Dieu
God willing → s'il plaît à Dieu

god

[ˈgɒd] n
(= deity) → dieu m
the god of thunder → le dieu de la foudregod-awful [ˌgɒdˈɔːfʊl] adjfranchement atroce

god

n
GodGott m; now he lies in God’s (green) acre (euph)nun deckt ihn der grüne Rasen (euph), → nun liegt er auf dem Gottesacker (old); God willingso Gott will; God forbid (inf)Gott behüte or bewahre; please God, let him be all rightlieber Gott, bitte mach, dass er durchkommt; would to God that (form)ich hoffe zu Gott, dass (geh); I wish to God I hadn’t told himich wünschte (bei Gott), ich hätte es ihm nicht gesagt; God (only) knows (inf)wer weiß; do you think he’ll succeed? — God knows!glaubst du, dass er Erfolg haben wird? — das wissen die Götter!; (my) God!, good God!, God almighty! (all inf)O Gott! (inf), → großer Gott! (inf); be quiet, for God’s sake!sei still, verdammt noch mal or Herrgott noch mal! (inf); for God’s sake! (inf)um Gottes or Himmels willen (inf); what/why in God’s name …?um Himmels willen, was/warum …?; God help you if …der Himmel steh euch bei, wenn …; he thinks he’s Goder hält sich für Gott or den Herrgott; to play GodGott or den Herrgott spielen
(non-Christian) → Gott m; Mars, the god of warMars, der Gott des Krieges; the commander was a god to his mender Kommandant wurde von seinen Leuten wie ein (Ab)gott verehrt; money is his goddas Geld ist sein Gott or Götze
(Brit Theat inf) the godsdie Galerie, der Olymp (inf)

god

:
god-awful
adj (inf)beschissen (inf)
god-botherer
n (pej)Religionsfanatiker(in) m(f) (inf), → Proselytenmacher(in) m(f) (pej geh)
godchild
nPatenkind nt
goddammit, goddamnit
interj (US inf) → verdammt noch mal! (inf)
goddamn, goddam (esp US inf)
interjverdammt! (inf); I don’t give a god!es ist mir scheißegal! (inf)
adj (emph)gottverdammt (inf); it’s no god use!es hat überhaupt keinen Zweck, verdammt noch mal! (inf)
adv (emph)verdammt (inf); you’re god rightdu hast, verdammt noch mal, recht (inf); you don’t belong here and you god well know itdu gehörst nicht hierher und du weißt es auch, verdammt noch mal (inf)
goddamned
adj adv = goddamn
goddamnit
interj = goddammit
goddaughter
nPatentochter f

god

:
godfather
n (lit, fig)Pate m; my godmein Patenonkel m
God-fearing
godforsaken
adj (inf)gottverlassen
godhead
nGottheit f; the GodheadGott m
godless
adjgottlos
godlessness
godlike
adjgöttergleich; characteristicsgottähnlich

god

:
godmother
nPatin f; my godmeine Patentante f ? fairy godmother
godparent
nPate m, → Patin f
godsend
nGeschenk ntdes Himmels
God slot
n (Brit TV inf) → religiöse Sendungen pl, → ˜ Wort ntzum Sonntag
godson
nPatensohn m
Godspeed
interj (old)behüt dich/euch Gott (old), → geh/geht mit Gott (old); to wish somebody godjdn mit den besten Segenswünschen auf die Reise schicken

god

[gɒd] n
a. GodDio
God save the Queen → Dio salvi la Regina
(my) God! (fam) → Dio (mio)!
for God's sake! → per amor di Dio!
God forbid! → per carità! (stronger) → Dio ce ne scampi e liberi!
God willing → a Dio piacendo
God (only) knows → Dio (solo) lo sa
b. (Myth) → dio
c. (Brit) (Theatre) the godsla piccionaia sg, il loggione sg

God

(god) noun
1. (with capital) the creator and ruler of the world (in the Christian, Jewish etc religions).
2. (feminine ˈgoddess) a supernatural being who is worshipped. the gods of Greece and Rome.
ˈgodly adjective
religious. a godly man/life.
ˈgodliness noun
ˈgodchild, ˈgoddaughter, ˈgodson nouns
a child who has a godparent or godparents.
ˈgodfather, ˈgodmother, ˈgodparent nouns
a person who, at a child's baptism, promises to take an active interest in its welfare.
ˈgodsend noun
a very welcome piece of unexpected good luck. Your cheque was an absolute godsend.

God

الله bůh gud Gott θεός dios jumala dieu bog Dio god gud bóg deus бог gud พระเจ้า tanrı thượng đế 上帝

God

n Dios m
References in classic literature ?
Quitzel, so the story goes, wanted to be the chief god, and when the image of a rival was set up in the temple near him, he toppled over in anger, and part of the temple went with him, the whole place being buried in ruins.
Fuchs told me that the sunflowers were introduced into that country by the Mormons; that at the time of the persecution, when they left Missouri and struck out into the wilderness to find a place where they could worship God in their own way, the members of the first exploring party, crossing the plains to Utah, scattered sunflower seed as they went.
It was `Robert, come; go; stand up; sit down; do this; do that; see if the baby sleeps; my thimble, please, that I left God knows where.
A brief pause ensued; the preacher slowly turned over the leaves of the Bible, and at last, folding his hand down upon the proper page, said: Beloved shipmates, clinch the last verse of the first chapter of Jonah -- And God had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.
And chiefly Thou O Spirit, that dost prefer Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure, Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss And mad'st it pregnant: What in me is dark Illumine, what is low raise and support; That to the highth of this great Argument I may assert th' Eternal Providence, And justifie the wayes of God to men.
If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through his appointed time, he now wills to remove, and that he gives to both North and South this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him?
For in order to know the nature of God (whose existence has been established by the preceding reasonings), as far as my own nature permitted, I had only to consider in reference to all the properties of which I found in my mind some idea, whether their possession was a mark of perfection; and I was assured that no one which indicated any imperfection was in him, and that none of the rest was awanting.
And so leaving the event with God, in obedience to the law I will now make my defence.
Remember my words: `If you return home safely, I shall believe God has forgiven you, and I will forgive you also.
Many cities did he visit, and many were the nations with whose manners and customs he was acquainted; moreover he suffered much by sea while trying to save his own life and bring his men safely home; but do what he might he could not save his men, for they perished through their own sheer folly in eating the cattle of the Sun-god Hyperion; so the god prevented them from ever reaching home.
Surely you cannot fear the Lord God as you ought to do?
Wesley did; and what he came down for was to tell good news about God to the poor.