Other forms: deities

A deity is a supernatural being, like a god or goddess, that is worshipped by people who believe it controls or exerts force over some aspect of the world.

The word deity means "divine nature." It was coined by Saint Augustine, a theologian whose writings were very influential in the shaping of Western Christianity. Deity comes from the Latin word for "god": deus. The divine nature of deities is believed to be immortal goodness and powerfulness.

Definitions of deity
  1. noun
    any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
    synonyms: divinity, god, immortal
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    (Greek mythology) a mysterious and terrifying deity of the underworld
    (Greek mythology) the Greek god of sleep; the son of Nyx
    the Roman god of sleep and dreams
    Buddhist worthy of nirvana who postpones it to help others
    a Buddhist who has attained nirvana
    an Aztec deity represented as a plumed serpent
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    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
    a female deity
    earth god, earth-god
    a god of fertility and vegetation
    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
    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
    (Greek mythology) one of three sisters who were the givers of beauty and charm; a favorite subject for sculptors
    Fomor, Fomorian
    one of a group of Celtic sea demons sometimes associated with the hostile power of nature
    Ler, Lir
    the sea personified; father of Manannan; corresponds to Welsh Llyr
    Llew Llaw Gyffes
    son of Gwydion and Arianrhod; supported by magic of Gwydion; cursed by Arianrhod
    Tuatha De, Tuatha De Danann
    race of Celtic gods or demigods; ruled Ireland in the Golden Age
    Amen, Amon, Amun
    a primeval Egyptian personification of air and breath; worshipped especially at Thebes
    Anunnaki, Enuki
    any of a group of powerful Babylonian earth spirits or genii; servitors of the gods
    in ancient Semitic folklore: a female demon who attacks children
    one of 7 to 12 sons of Aditi; Hindu gods of celestial light
    (Zoroastrianism) title for benevolent deities
    (literally `possessing horses' in Sanskrit) in Hinduism the twin chariot warriors conveying Surya
    basic principles of the cosmos; also: an ancient sage in Hindu mythology worshipped as a god by some lower castes;
    a supernatural eagle-like being that serves as Vishnu's mount
    any of a group of Hindu storm gods; offspring of Rudra
    Rhibhus, Ribhus
    one of three artisans of the Hindu gods
    personification of a sacred intoxicating drink used in Vedic ritual
    Indra's thunderbolt
    the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form
    earth goddess, earth-goddess
    a goddess of fertility and vegetation
    ancient Italian deity in human shape, with horns, pointed ears and a goat's tail; equivalent to Greek satyr
    (Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone
    forest god, satyr
    one of a class of woodland deities; attendant on Bacchus; identified with Roman fauns
    any of the minor woodland deities who were companions of Dionysus (similar to the satyrs)
    (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden
    personification of the sky or upper air breathed by the Olympians; son of Erebus and night or of Chaos and darkness
    Moirae, Moirai
    any of the three Greek goddesses of fate or destiny; identified with the Roman Parcae and similar to the Norse Norns
    any of the three Roman goddesses of fate or destiny; identified with the Greek Moirai and similar to the Norse Norns
    in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science
    Pontos, Pontus
    (Greek mythology) ancient personification of the sea; father of Nereus
    (Greek mythology) a judge of the dead in the underworld
    Latona, Leto
    wife or mistress of Zeus and mother of Apollo and Artemis in ancient mythology; called Latona in Roman mythology
    (Norse mythology) the chief race of gods living at Asgard
    (Norse mythology) race of ancient gods sometimes in conflict with the Aesir
    (Norse mythology) wife of Balder
    Norn, weird sister
    (Norse mythology) any of the three goddesses of destiny; identified with Anglo-Saxon Wyrd; similar to Greek Moirae and Roman Parcae
    (Norse mythology) wife of Loki; held a cup over him during his punishment to spare him the pain of drops of poison
    Ull, Ullr
    (Norse mythology) one of the Aesir known for his beauty and skill with bow and skis; son of Sif and stepson of Thor
    (Norse mythology) one of the Aesir and avenger of Balder; son of Odin
    Vidar, Vithar, Vitharr
    (Norse mythology) one of the Aesir; son of Odin; avenges his parent by slaying Fenrir at Ragnarok
    Weird, Wyrd
    fate personified; any one of the three Weird Sisters
    patron saint
    a saint who is considered to be a defender of some group or nation
    type of:
    spiritual being, supernatural being
    an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events




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