A god is a supreme being or deity, and it's spelled with a lowercase g when you're not referring to the God of Christian, Jewish, or Muslim tradition. The ancient Greeks had many gods — including Zeus, Apollo, and Poseidon.

A physical representation of a deity is also called a god. If you go to Hawaii, you can even buy a god in a gift shop — a statue or idol that represents one of the Hawaiian gods, like a figure of the god Pele. The word god also refers to a man of superior quality or exceptional beauty. Elvis Presley was considered a god by many teenage girls in the late 1950s.

Definitions of god
  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: deity, divinity, 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
    the farmer god; ancient god of agriculture
    mother of the ancient Irish gods; sometimes identified with Danu
    Angus Og
    Celtic god of love and beauty; patron deity of young men and women
    Celtic deity who was the lord of Annwfn (the other world or the land of fairies)
    Celtic goddess famous for her beauty; mother of Dylan
    Celtic goddess; mother of Angus Og
    Celtic goddess of fire and fertility and agriculture and household arts and wisdom; later associated with Saint Bridget
    chief Celtic god of the Tuatha De Danann; father of Angus Og and Brigit
    Celtic goddess who was the mother of the Tuatha De Danann; identified with the Welsh Don
    Celtic goddess; mother of Gwydion and Arianrhod; corresponds to Irish Danu
    Celtic god of the waves; son of Arianrhod
    (possibly Roman mythology) Celtic goddess of horses and mules and asses
    Celtic sky god; a magician; giver of arts and civilization
    Celtic underworld god
    a Celtic warrior god
    Celtic deity who was the father of Manawydan; corresponds to Irish Lir
    ancient Celtic god
    Celtic god of the sea; son of Ler
    Celtic sea god; son of Llyr
    Celtic war goddess
    Egyptian sun god; supreme god of the universe in whom Amen and Ra were merged; principal deity during Theban supremacy
    Egyptian god of tombs and ruler of the underworld; usually depicted as a man with the head of a jackal
    the sun (or solar disc) which was the deity of a monotheistic cult under the Pharaoh Akhenaten
    cat- or lion-headed Egyptian goddess; represents life-giving power of the sun
    Egyptian god of the earth; father of Osiris and Isis
    Egyptian solar god with the head of a falcon; the son of Osiris and Isis
    Egyptian goddess of fertility; daughter of Geb; sister and wife of Osiris
    Egyptian god of the morning sun; creator
    an Egyptian god of procreation
    Egyptian goddess associated with ritual of the dead; sister of Geb and Nut; wife of Set
    Egyptian goddess of the sky
    Egyptian god of the underworld and judge of the dead; husband and brother of Isis; father of Horus
    a major Egyptian god; shaper of the world; father of gods and men; worshipped especially at Memphis
    ancient Egyptian sun god with the head of a hawk; a universal creator; he merged with the god Amen as Amen-Ra to become the king of the gods
    Eye of Ra
    a lion-headed Egyptian goddess; typifies life-destroying power of the sun
    evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
    Egyptian Moon deity with the head of an ibis; god of wisdom and learning and the arts; scribe of the gods
    Babylonian god of storms and wind
    a Babylonian demigod or first man (sometimes identified with Adam)
    the Babylonian father of the gods; identified with Assyrian Ashur; in Sumerian the name signifies `the totality of the upper world'
    Babylonian consort of Anu
    Babylonian god of the sky; one of the supreme triad including Bel and Ea
    father of the gods and consort of Tiamat
    mother and earth goddess in Gilgamish epic; identified with Sumerian Ki and Ninkhursag
    chief god of the Assyrians; god of military prowess and empire; identified with Babylonian Anshar
    an ancient Phoenician goddess of love and fertility; the Phoenician counterpart to Ishtar
    Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of love and fertility and war; counterpart to the Phoenician Astarte
    any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoples; the Hebrews considered Baal a false god
    Babylonian god of the earth; one of the supreme triad including Anu and Ea; earlier identified with En-lil
    god of agriculture and the earth; national god of Philistines
    god of agriculture and earth; counterpart of Phoenician Dagon
    (Babylonian) earth goddess; consort of Ea and mother of Marduk
    Sumerian and Babylonian god of pastures and vegetation; consort of Inanna
    the Babylonian god of wisdom; son of Apsu and father of Marduk; counterpart of the Sumerian Enki; as one of the supreme triad including Anu and Bel he was assigned control of the watery element
    water god and god of wisdom; counterpart of the Akkadian Ea
    god of the air and king of the Sumerian gods
    goddess of death and consort of Nergal
    the Babylonian god of fire; often invoked in incantations against sorcery
    the Babylonian goddess of healing and consort of Ninurta
    any of a group of heavenly spirits under the god Anu
    consort of Dumuzi (Tammuz)
    goddess personifying earth; counterpart of Akkadian Aruru
    Babylonian consort of Anshar; in Sumerian the name signifies `the totality of the lower world'
    a name under which Ninkhursag was worshipped
    Baal Merodach
    the chief Babylonian god; his consort was Sarpanitu
    god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children
    Babylonian god of wisdom and agriculture and patron of scribes and schools
    goddess personifying the primeval sea; mother of the gods and of heaven and earth
    a demon personifying death; messenger of the underworld goddess Ereshkigal bringing death to mankind
    god of the Moon; counterpart of the Akkadian Sin
    (Akkadian) god ruling with his consort Ereshkigal the world of the dead
    the Babylonian goddess of the watery deep and daughter of Ea
    (Akkadian) a goddess; wife of the Moon god Sin
    Babylonian god in older pantheon: god of war and agriculture
    an underworld Babylonian deity; patron of medicine
    the great mother goddess; worshipped also as Aruru and Mama and Nintu
    a name under which Ninkhursag was worshipped
    a solar deity; firstborn of Bel and consort was Gula; god of war and the chase and agriculture; sometimes identified with biblical Nimrod
    god of fire and light; corresponds to Babylonian Girru
    god of storms and wind; corresponds to Babylonian Adad
    consort of Marduk
    the chief sun god; drives away winter and storms and brightens the earth with greenery; drives away evil and brings justice and compassion
    (Akkadian) god of the Moon; counterpart of Sumerian Nanna
    consort of Nabu
    (Akkadian) mother of the gods and consort of Apsu
    favorite of the gods and grandfather of Gilgamish; survived the great flood and became immortal
    sun god; counterpart of Akkadian Shamash
    evil storm god represented as a black bird
    a Hindu goddess who releases from sin or disease; mother of the Adityas
    (Sanskrit) Hindu god of fire in ancient and traditional India; one of the three chief deities of the Vedas
    earlier a god; later a demon; counterpart of Zoroastrian Ahura
    Hindu god of wealth and love
    the Creator; one of the three major deities in the later Hindu pantheon
    personification of the power of ritual devotion
    Bhumi Devi
    Hindu earth goddess; one of the two wives of Vishnu
    Hindu mother goddess; supreme power in the universe; wife or embodiment of the female energy of Siva having both beneficent and malevolent forms or aspects
    malevolent aspect of Devi
    Hindu goddess of war; a malevolent aspect of Devi
    Hindu god of the sky
    Hindu god of wisdom or prophecy; the god who removes obstacles
    in Hinduism, goddess of purity and posterity and a benevolent aspect of Devi; the `brilliant'
    in Hinduism, the monkey god and helper of Rama; god of devotion and courage
    chief Hindu god of the Rig-Veda; god of rain and thunder
    unknown god; an epithet of Prajapati and Brahma
    wife of Siva and malevolent form of Devi
    Hindu god of love and erotic desire; opposite of Mara
    Hindu god of death; opposite of Kama
    Hindu god of bravery
    Hindu goddess of fortune and prosperity
    Hindu god of friendship and alliances; usually invoked together with Varuna as a supporter of heaven and earth
    Hindu god of rain; sometimes identified with Indra
    wife of Siva and a benevolent aspect of Devi: Hindu goddess of plenty
    Hindu god personifying a creative force; equivalent to Brahma
    celestial shepherd god; conductor of souls of the dead
    a Hindu demon who swallows the sun causing eclipses
    father of the Hindu storm gods Marut; controller of nature; sometimes identified with Siva
    Hindu goddess of learning and the arts
    an important Hindu god; the sun in its life-giving aspect
    the female or generative principle; wife of Siva and a benevolent form of Devi
    the destroyer; one of the three major divinities in the later Hindu pantheon
    Hindu god of war
    an important god of later Hinduism; the sun god or the sun itself worshipped as the source of warmth and light
    a benevolent aspect of Devi; `splendor'
    Hindu goddess of dawn; daughter of the sky and sister of the night
    in Vedism, god of the night sky who with his thousand eyes watches over human conduct and judges good and evil and punishes evildoers; often considered king of the Hindu gods and frequently paired with Mitra as an upholder of the world
    Hindu wind god
    the sustainer; a Hindu divinity worshipped as the preserver of worlds
    Hindu god of death and lord of the underworld
    an avatar of Vishnu
    the 10th and last incarnation of Vishnu
    8th and most important avatar of Vishnu; incarnated as a handsome young man playing a flute
    avatar of Vishnu whose name is synonymous with God; any of three incarnations: Ramachandra or Parashurama or Balarama
    ancient Persian god of light and truth; sun god
    Ahura Mazda
    chief deity of Zoroastrianism; source of light and embodiment of good
    the spirit of evil in Zoroastrianism; arch rival of Ormazd
    Chang Kuo-lao
    one of the 8 immortals of Taoism
    Wen Ch'ang
    Chinese god of literature
    Taoist Trinity
    the three pure ones; the three chief gods of Taoism
    Heavenly Jewel
    a member of the Taoist Trinity
    Mystic Jewel
    a member of the Taoist Trinity
    Spiritual Jewel
    a member of the Taoist Trinity; identified with Lao-tse
    Kuan Yin
    (Buddhism) a female Bodhisattva; often called goddess of mercy and considered an aspect of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara; identified with Japanese Kwannon
    Amaterasu Omikami
    central deity of Shinto; goddess personifying the sun and ancestress of the rulers of Japan
    a Shinto god of war
    one of the 7 gods of happiness
    the god who fathered the islands and gods of Japan with his sister Izanami
    sister and consort of Izanami; mother of the islands and gods of Japan
    one the Shinto deities (including mythological beings, spirits of distinguished men, forces of nature)
    Japanese counterpart of Chinese Kuan Yin
    grandson of Amaterasu and first ruler of Japan
    the chief satyr in the service of Bacchus; father of Dionysus; usually depicted as drunk and jolly and riding a donkey
    Olympic god
    a classical Greek god after the overthrow of the Titans
    god of the winds in ancient mythology
    Phoebus Apollo
    (Greek mythology) Greek god of light; god of prophecy and poetry and music and healing; son of Zeus and Leto; twin brother of Artemis
    goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Venus
    goddess of love; counterpart of Greek Aphrodite
    (Greek mythology) Greek god of war; son of Zeus and Hera; identified with Roman Mars
    (Greek mythology) goddess of discord; sister of Ares
    (Greek mythology) the Greek personification of death; son of Nyx
    (Roman mythology) Roman god of death; counterpart of Thanatos
    (Roman mythology) Roman god of war and agriculture; father of Romulus and Remus; counterpart of Greek Ares
    (Greek mythology) Greek goddess of the night; daughter of Chaos; counterpart of Roman Nox
    (Greek mythology) the virgin goddess of the hunt and the Moon; daughter of Leto and twin sister of Apollo; identified with Roman Diana
    (Greek mythology) the god who personified the north wind
    (Roman mythology) virgin goddess of the hunt and the Moon; counterpart of Greek Artemis
    goddess of criminal rashness and its punishment
    Pallas Athena
    (Greek mythology) goddess of wisdom and useful arts and prudent warfare; guardian of Athens; identified with Roman Minerva
    (Roman mythology) goddess of wisdom; counterpart of Greek Athena
    (Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe
    (Roman mythology) god of agriculture and vegetation; counterpart of Greek Cronus
    (Greek mythology) goddess of fertility and protector of marriage in ancient mythology; counterpart of Roman Ceres
    (Roman mythology) goddess of agriculture; counterpart of Greek Demeter
    (Greek mythology) god of wine and fertility and drama; the Greek name of Bacchus
    (Greek mythology) wife of Nereus and mother of the Nereids
    son of Apollo; a hero and the Roman god of medicine and healing; his daughters were Hygeia and Panacea
    (classical mythology) god of wine; equivalent of Dionysus
    (Greek mythology) Greek god of darkness who dwelt in the underworld; son of Chaos; brother of Nox; father of Aether and Day
    Roman goddess of night; daughter of Erebus; counterpart of Greek Nyx
    (Greek mythology) god of love; son of Aphrodite; identified with Roman Cupid
    (Roman mythology) god of love; counterpart of Greek Eros
    (Greek mythology) goddess of the earth and mother of Cronus and the Titans in ancient mythology
    (Greek mythology) the goddess of youth and spring; wife of Hercules; daughter of Zeus and Hera; cupbearer to the Olympian gods
    (Greek mythology) ancient god of the sun; drove his chariot across the sky each day; identified with Roman Sol
    (Roman mythology) ancient Roman god; personification of the sun; counterpart of Greek Helios
    (Greek mythology) Greek goddess of fertility who later became associated with Persephone as goddess of the underworld and protector of witches
    (Greek mythology) the lame god of fire and metalworking in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Vulcan
    (Roman mythology) god of fire and metal working; counterpart of Greek Hephaestus
    (Greek mythology) messenger and herald of the gods; god of commerce and cunning and invention and theft; identified with Roman Mercury
    (Greek mythology) son of Hermes and Aphrodite who merged with the nymph Salmacis to form one body
    (Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes
    (Greek mythology) the goddess of health; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Panacea
    (Greek mythology) the goddess of healing; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Hygeia
    queen of the Olympian gods in ancient Greek mythology; sister and wife of Zeus remembered for her jealously of the many mortal women Zeus fell in love with; identified with Roman Juno
    (Roman mythology) the Roman god of doorways and passages; is depicted with two faces on opposite sides of his head
    (Roman mythology) queen of the Olympian gods who protected marriage; wife and sister of Jupiter; counterpart of Greek Hera
    (Greek mythology) the goddess of the hearth and its fire in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Vesta
    (Roman mythology) goddess of the hearth and its fire whose flame was tended by vestal virgins; counterpart of Greek Hestia
    (Greek mythology) the god of marriage
    son of Zeus and Europa; king of ancient Crete; ordered Daedalus to build the labyrinth; after death Minos became a judge in the underworld
    beautiful daughter of Minos and Pasiphae; she fell in love with Theseus and gave him the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth
    the Greek goddess of fate who spins the thread of life
    the Greek goddess of fate who determines the length of the thread of life
    the Greek goddess of fate who cuts the thread of life
    god of blame and mockery
    (Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry
    (Greek mythology) the Muse of history
    (Greek mythology) the Muse of lyric and love poetry
    (Greek mythology) the Muse of music (or the flute)
    (Greek mythology) the Muse of tragedy
    (Greek mythology) the Muse of singing and mime and sacred dance
    (Greek mythology) the Muse of the dance and of choral song
    (Greek mythology) the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry
    (Greek mythology) the Muse of astronomy
    (Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance
    (Greek mythology) a sea god son of Pontus and Gaea; lived in the depths of the sea with his wife Doris and their daughters the Nereids
    (Greek mythology) winged goddess of victory; identified with Roman Victoria
    (Roman mythology) goddess of victory; counterpart of Greek Nike
    (Greek mythology) god of the heavens; son and husband of Gaea and father of the Titans in ancient mythology
    goat god
    (Greek mythology) god of fields and woods and shepherds and flocks; represented as a man with goat's legs and horns and ears; identified with Roman Sylvanus or Faunus
    (Roman mythology) ancient rural deity; later considered a counterpart of Greek Pan
    (Greek mythology) daughter of Helios and mother of Ariadne
    (Greek mythology) the god of the sea and earthquakes in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and Hades and Hera; identified with Roman Neptune
    (Greek mythology) a prophetic god who served Poseidon; was capable of changing his shape at will
    (Roman mythology) god of the sea; counterpart of Greek Poseidon
    (Greek mythology) daughter of Zeus and Demeter; made queen of the underworld by Pluto in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Proserpina
    goddess of the underworld; counterpart of Greek Persephone
    (Greek mythology) son of Helios; killed when trying to drive his father's chariot and came too close to earth
    (Greek mythology) the god of the underworld in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone
    god of the underworld; counterpart of Greek Pluto
    (Greek mythology) the priestess of Apollo at Delphi who transmitted the oracles
    (classical mythology) god of male procreative power and guardian of gardens and vineyards
    (Greek mythology) goddess of the Moon in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Luna
    (Roman mythology) the goddess of the Moon; counterpart of Greek Selene
    (Greek mythology) the winged goddess of the dawn in ancient mythology; daughter of Hyperion; identified with Roman Aurora
    (Roman mythology) goddess of the dawn; counterpart of Greek Eos
    (Roman mythology) goddess of the earth; protector of marriage and fertility; identified with Greek Gaea
    (Greek mythology) any of the primordial giant gods who ruled the Earth until overthrown by Zeus; the Titans were offspring of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaea (Earth)
    (Greek mythology) any of the primordial giant goddesses who were offspring of Uranus (heaven) and Gaea (earth) in ancient mythology
    (Greek mythology) a sea god; son of Poseidon
    (Greek mythology) the goddess of fortune; identified with Roman Fortuna
    (Roman mythology) the goddess of fortune and good luck; counterpart of Greek Tyche
    (Greek mythology) the Greek god of the west wind
    (Greek mythology) the supreme god of ancient Greek mythology; son of Rhea and Cronus whom he dethroned; husband and brother of Hera; brother of Poseidon and Hades; father of many gods; counterpart of Roman Jupiter
    (Roman mythology) supreme god of Romans; counterpart of Greek Zeus
    (Roman mythology) goddess of abundance and fertility; wife of Saturn; counterpart of Greek Rhea and Cybele of ancient Asia Minor
    (Roman mythology) god of woods and fields and flocks; Pan is the Greek counterpart
    (Norse mythology) god of light and peace and noted for his beauty and sweet nature; son of Odin and Frigg and husband of Nanna; killed by Hoth
    (Norse mythology) god of poetry and music; son of Odin
    (Norse mythology) goddess of old age who defeated Thor in a wrestling match
    (Norse mythology) god of justice; son of Balder and Nanna
    (Norse mythology) god of earth's fertility and peace and prosperity; son of Njorth and brother of Freya; originally of the Vanir; later with the Aesir
    (Norse mythology) goddess of love and fecundity; daughter of Njorth and sister of Frey
    (Norse mythology) goddess of the heavens and married love; wife of Odin
    (Norse mythology) god of dawn and light; guardian of Asgard
    (Norse mythology) goddess of the dead and queen of the underworld
    (Norse mythology) one of the Aesir having a strong and beautiful body but a dull mind
    (Norse mythology) a blind god; misled by Loki, he kills his brother Balder by throwing a shaft of mistletoe
    (Norse mythology) goddess of spring and wife of Bragi; guarded the apples that kept the gods eternally young
    (Norse mythology) trickster; god of discord and mischief; contrived death of Balder and was overcome by Thor
    (Norse mythology) chief of the Vanir; god of the sea and winds and prosperity; father of Frey and Freya; sometimes subsumes Teutonic Nerthus
    goddess of fate: a giantess who personified the past
    goddess of fate: an elf who personified the present
    goddess of fate: a dwarf who personified the future
    (Norse mythology) ruler of the Aesir; supreme god of war and poetry and knowledge and wisdom (for which he gave an eye) and husband of Frigg; identified with the Teutonic Wotan
    (Norse mythology) wife of Thor and guardian of the home
    (Norse mythology) god of thunder and rain and farming; pictured as wielding a hammer emblematic of the thunderbolt; identified with Teutonic Donar
    (Norse mythology) god of war and strife and son of Odin; identified with Anglo-Saxon Tiu
    the Teutonic god of thunder; counterpart of Norse Thor
    the Teutonic goddess of fertility; later identified with Norse Njord
    supreme Teutonic god; counterpart of Norse Odin and Anglo-Saxon Woden
    god of war and sky; counterpart of Norse Tyr
    chief god; counterpart of Norse Odin and Teutonic Wotan
    Mater Turrita
    great nature goddess of ancient Phrygia in Asia Minor; counterpart of Greek Rhea and Roman Ops
    Father Christmas
    the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas
    the Zoroastrian god of time
    Saint Ambrose
    (Roman Catholic Church) Roman priest who became bishop of Milan; the first Church Father born and raised in the Christian faith; composer of hymns; imposed orthodoxy on the early Christian church and built up its secular power; a saint and Doctor of the Church (340?-397)
    Saint Andrew the Apostle
    (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of Peter; patron saint of Scotland
    Saint Anselm
    an Italian who was a Benedictine monk; was archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109; one of the founders of scholasticism; best known for his proof of the existence of God
    Saint Thomas Aquinas
    (Roman Catholic Church) Italian theologian and Doctor of the Church who is remembered for his attempt to reconcile faith and reason in a comprehensive theology; presented philosophical proofs of the existence of God (1225-1274)
    Athanasius the Great
    (Roman Catholic Church) Greek patriarch of Alexandria who championed Christian orthodoxy against Arianism; a church father, saint, and Doctor of the Church (293-373)
    Augustine of Hippo
    (Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian church; after a dramatic conversion to Christianity he became bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa; St. Augustine emphasized man's need for grace (354-430)
    St. Basil the Great
    (Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379)
    Saint Thomas a Becket
    (Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170)
    the Venerable Bede
    (Roman Catholic Church) English monk and scholar (672-735)
    Saint Benedict
    Italian monk who founded the Benedictine order about 540 (480-547)
    Apostle of Germany
    (Roman Catholic Church) Anglo-Saxon missionary who was sent to Frisia and Germany to spread the Christian faith; was martyred in Frisia (680-754)
    Saint Bridget
    Irish abbess; a patron saint of Ireland (453-523)
    Saint Bruno
    (Roman Catholic Church) a French cleric (born in Germany) who founded the Carthusian order in 1084 (1032-1101)
    Saint Christopher
    Christian martyr and patron saint of travellers (3rd century)
    Saint Crispin
    patron saint of shoemakers; he and his brother were martyred for trying to spread Christianity (3rd century)
    Saint David
    patron saint of Wales (circa 520-600)
    Domingo de Guzman
    (Roman Catholic Church) Spanish priest who founded an order whose members became known as Dominicans or Black Friars (circa 1170-1221)
    Saint Edward the Confessor
    son of Ethelred the Unready; King of England from 1042 to 1066; he founded Westminster Abbey where he was eventually buried (1003-1066)
    Saint Edward the Martyr
    King of England who was a son of Edgar; he was challenged for the throne by supporters of his half-brother Ethelred II who eventually murdered him (963-978)
    Saint Francis of Assisi
    (Roman Catholic Church) an Italian and the Roman Catholic monk who founded the Franciscan order of friars (1181-1226)
    Saint George
    Christian martyr; patron saint of England; hero of the legend of Saint George and the Dragon in which he slew a dragon and saved a princess (?-303)
    Gregory the Great
    (Roman Catholic Church) an Italian pope distinguished for his spiritual and temporal leadership; a saint and Doctor of the Church (540?-604)
    St. Gregory of Nazianzen
    (Roman Catholic Church) a church father known for his constant fight against perceived heresies; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-391)
    Saint Ignatius
    bishop of Antioch who was martyred under the Roman Emperor Trajan (died 110)
    Saint Ignatius of Loyola
    Spaniard and Roman Catholic theologian and founder of the Society of Jesus; a leading opponent of the Reformation (1491-1556)
    Saint Irenaeus
    Greek theologian who was bishop of Lyons and an antiheretical writer; a saint and Doctor of the Church (circa 130-200)
    Saint James the Apostle
    (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of John; author of the Epistle of James in the New Testament
    Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus
    (Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian Church whose major work was his translation of the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin (which became the Vulgate); a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-420)
    Saint John the Apostle
    (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally said to be the author of the 4th Gospel and three epistles and the book of Revelation
    St. John Chrysostom
    (Roman Catholic Church) a Church Father who was a great preacher and bishop of Constantinople; a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-407)
    St. John the Baptist
    (New Testament) a preacher and hermit and forerunner of Jesus (whom he baptized); was beheaded by Herod at the request of Salome
    Saint Jude
    (New Testament) supposed brother of St. James; one of the Apostles who is invoked in prayer when a situation seems hopeless
    Saint Lawrence
    Roman martyr; supposedly Lawrence was ordered by the police to give up the church's treasure and when he responded by presenting the poor people of Rome he was roasted to death on a gridiron (died in 258)
    Leo the Great
    Italian pope from 440 to 461 who extended the authority of the papacy to the west and persuaded Attila not to attack Rome (440-461)
    Saint Louis
    king of France and son of Louis VIII; he led two unsuccessful Crusades; considered an ideal medieval king (1214-1270)
    Saint Luke
    (New Testament) the Apostle closely associated with St. Paul and traditionally assumed to be the author of the third Gospel
    Saint Mark
    Apostle and companion of Saint Peter; assumed to be the author of the second Gospel
    St. Martin
    French bishop who is a patron saint of France (died in 397)
    St. Mary Magdalene
    sinful woman Jesus healed of evil spirits; she became a follower of Jesus
    Saint Matthew the Apostle
    (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally considered to be the author of the first Gospel
    Saint Nicholas
    a bishop in Asia Minor who is associated with Santa Claus (4th century)
    Saint Olaf
    King and patron saint of Norway (995-1030)
    Saint Patrick
    Apostle and patron saint of Ireland; an English missionary to Ireland in the 5th century
    Apostle of the Gentiles
    (New Testament) a Christian missionary to the Gentiles; author of several Epistles in the New Testament; even though Paul was not present at the Last Supper he is considered an Apostle
    Saint Peter the Apostle
    disciple of Jesus and leader of the Apostles; regarded by Catholics as the vicar of Christ on earth and first Pope
    Simon the Canaanite
    one of the twelve Apostles (first century)
    Saint Teresa of Avila
    Spanish mystic and religious reformer; author of religious classics and a Christian saint (1515-1582)
    Thomas the doubting Apostle
    the Apostle who would not believe the resurrection of Jesus until he saw Jesus with his own eyes
    St. Vitus
    Christian martyr and patron of those who suffer from epilepsy and Sydenham's chorea (died around 300)
    a Siren of German legend who lured boatmen in the Rhine to destruction
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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
  2. noun
    a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people
    “he was a god among men”
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    type of:
    higher-up, superior, superordinate
    one of greater rank or station or quality
  3. noun
    a material effigy that is worshipped
    “money was his god
    synonyms: graven image, idol
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    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
    a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol
    a crude idol of Krishna
    type of:
    effigy, image, simulacrum
    a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
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