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n. pl. the·od·i·cies
A vindication of God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil.

[After Essai de théodicée, , a work by Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz : Greek theo-, theo- + Greek dikē, order, right; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -cies
(Theology) the branch of theology concerned with defending the attributes of God against objections resulting from physical and moral evil
[C18: coined by Leibnitz in French as théodicée, from theo- + Greek dikē justice]
theˌodiˈcean adj


(θiˈɒd ə si)

n., pl. -cies.
a vindication of God's justice in tolerating the existence of evil.
[1790–1800; < French théodicée, a coinage of Leibniz = théo- theo- + -dicée, probably < Greek dikaía, poetic variant of díkē justice; see -y3]
the•od`i•ce′an, adj.


the vindication of the goodness of God in the face of the existence of evil. — theodicean, adj.
See also: Goodness
the vindication of the goodness of God in the face of the existence of evil. — theodicean, adj.
See also: God and Gods
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Noun1.theodicy - the branch of theology that defends God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
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