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 (dē-ĭf′ĭk, dā-)
1. Making or tending to make divine.
2. Of or characterized by divine or godlike nature.

[Late Latin deificus : Latin deus, god; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficus, -fic.]


(diːˈɪfɪk; deɪ-) or


1. (Theology) making divine or exalting to the position of a god
2. divine or godlike
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Adj.1.deific - characterized by divine or godlike nature
immortal - not subject to death


Of, from, like, or being a god or God:
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A man nearing his eighth decade elevated after more than 30 years as a working politician to almost deific status by those starved of political inspiration, a man called upon to address an endless array of highly charged gatherings and to adopt a messiah's mantle.
Thanks to rapping Raap, the umbilical cord that connects Africana peoples with their inherent divinity pulsates with deific beats, and throbs with numinous rhymes.
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Initially, wanting nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of her deific uncle, Tambu aspires to a selfhood framed by the cognates that constitute her uncle: "goodness-stoicism-righteousness.
The "whisp'ring fan" of line ten picks up graphically and sonically on the "fainting" observer, who almost misses the brooklet but sees and documents the deific lovers.
One must cross the boundaries of definitions and transcend the finiteness of conclusions, to lose his own being as a creation and to reach the deific state, in which man loses himself in God, who is in the final instance the Ineffable, Nothing, and Silence.
Commenting on the recitation as a symptom of the idolizing of words per se as opposed to looking for meaning, giving the deific hieroglyphics of Pharonic Egypt as an example, he said that monitoring of people's behavior rather than appreciating what went on in their hearts characterized many societies.
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And Fiddes, careful biblical scholar that he is, tends to downplay the original fall because of the "startling failure to refer back to the story when biblical writers are reflecting upon the human predicament" (49), and because he wants to emphasize our continued experience of freedom and limitation, the legacy of our deific and earthy beginnings.
Whether you consider these deific characterizations more the work of Obama's enemies or his friends, certainly they explain much of the fear evoked by his administration.
I'm reminded of the seemingly various and often sexual, deific origins of art--Etruscan fertility sculptures, cave paintings at Lascaux--and also of a remark by Jasper Johns: Sometimes I see it then paint it, sometimes I paint it then see it.