act of God

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n act of God a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events "he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In December 1997, the state of Nevada (USA) became the first state to pass legislation categorizing Y2K data disasters as "acts of God"— protecting the state from lawsuits that may potentially be brought against it by residents in the year 2000.
    • Act of God (Law) an inevitable accident; such extraordinary interruption of the usual course of events as is not to be looked for in advance, and against which ordinary prudence could not guard.
    • Act of God (Law) See under Act.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Act of God a result of natural forces, unexpected and not preventable by human foresight
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Quotations

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.”
  • A. P. Herbert
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    “An act of God was defined as something which no reasonable man could have expected.”
  • Bible
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    “I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. [Acts 10:34]”
  • Bette Davis
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    “The act of sex, gratifying as it may be, is God's joke on humanity. It is man's last desperate stand at superintendency.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “Those who do unlawful acts are no more sinners in the eyes of God than we who think them.”
  • Peter De Vries
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    “Let us hope, I prayed, that a kind Providence will put a speedy end to the acts of God under which we have been laboring.”

Idioms

Act of God - An act of God is something like an earthquake or floods that human beings cannot prevent or control.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. agĕre, actum; Gr. agein, to put in motion; Sans. aj, to drive.

Usage

In literature:

Wild with evil joy at the success of her acting, she calls upon her desecrated gods to help her further against the apostates.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
How precious it is, even for this life, to act according to the word of God!
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
The well-used plea of an "act of God" will not stand.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Only by an act of God!
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
God, who measures the acts of men by their opportunities, had pardoned their sins.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Originally the prophet was a foreteller and acted under the inspiration of a god, a divine seizure that was allied to madness.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
These are the true and appropriate acts of the worship of God, and they are those which God requires.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
A son may deny his own father, and claim another to be so; and men have denied God, and acted as the children of the devil.
"The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election" by Robert Wallace
We are required to act, in all these relations, not as men-pleasers, but as the servants of God.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
To do well, he now tells us, is to act righteously to all in the fear of God.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
When a man realises his Divine sonship that Jesus taught, he will act as a son of God.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
It is all one in God's sight, being an act of love and kindness and sacrifice.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
Many hurtful acts, indeed, came to be viewed as crimes alike against God and man, and punishable in the interests of both.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
His attention was once drawn to the ill effects of his rough acts of violence; he replied that he must do God's work without fear of men.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
Reason teaches us that intelligent design characterizes every act of God.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal," by Various
Go to the Acts of the Apostles and read for yourselves and see how they turned men to God.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume I, No. 12, December, 1880" by Various
Not only, he learnt, must great decisions be laid before God, but the smallest acts of daily life.
"Beside Still Waters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Which word would be used of an act of God?
"English Synonyms and Antonyms" by James Champlin Fernald
It is worthy of note that one of their first acts was to repair to the church to thank God for their signal deliverance from so many perils.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
The word and the act are to be of the ability which God gives, that in it all God may be glorified.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
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In poetry:

God fends and fights in each of us;
His altars we, or bright or dim;
So with no sacerdotal fuss
But worthy act let's worship Him:
Goodness is Godness - let us be
Deserving of Divinity.
"God's Battleground" by Robert W Service
And of His presence be aware,
And by our best His love express;
A gentle word is like a prayer,
A kindly act is holiness:
Don't let God down; let Him prevail
And write his AMEN to our tale.
"God's Battleground" by Robert W Service
But, if smitten with blindness, and mad with the rage
The gods gave to all whom they wished to destroy,
You would act a new Iliad, to darken the age
With horrors beyond what is told us of Troy--
"Coercion: A Poem For Then And Now" by John Reuben Thompson
Walpole talks of "a man and his price."
List to a ditty queer —
The sale of a Deputy-Acting-Vice-
Resident-Engineer,
Bought like a bullock, hoof and hide,
By the Little Tin Gods on the Mountain Side.
"Public Waste" by Rudyard Kipling
"Comrades, grave counsel we must take,
And as he struts with jest and jibe,
Let us act swiftly lest he make
Himself Dictator of our Tribe:
The Gods have built him on their plan:
Let us reduce him to a man."
"Equality" by Robert W Service
"With me, too, everything succeeds;
In all my sovereign acts and deeds
The grace of Heaven is ever by;
And yet I had a well-loved heir—
I paid my debt to fortune there—
God took him hence—I saw him die."
"The Ring Of Polycrates - A Ballad" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

It Would Take an Act of God .
Only ' act of God ' can stop nomination.
Irene was ' act of God '.
Romney might be the one who needs an ' act of God .
God does not approve of extra-marital affairs or fornication and God does not approve of homosexual acts.
Lamb of God's Randy Blythe vows to 'act with honor' after prison release.
FROM SAN JACINTO- This weekend the Inland Stage Company is holding auditions for membership in the acting company and roles in God of Carnage , Macbeth, and the rest of the shows in ISC's 2012-13 season.
Ironically, two acts of God this year have driven home the point that it is impossible for everyone to leave town in a hurry.
Americans once fatalistically viewed natural disasters such as the Superstorm Sandy as unavoidable "acts of God," with victims largely expected to cope on their own.
Inhuman acts in the name of God.
Kloess says the Navy doesn't want skydivers landing on the base, but Navy officials were understanding after an "act of God" like the strong winds that blew the skydivers off-course.
Mitt Romney, the all-but-certain Republican nominee (barring an Act of God) receives endorsements from key members of the Texas congressional delegation.
FROM SAN JACINTO- This weekend the Inland Stage Company is holding auditions for membership in the acting company and roles in God of Carnage, Macbeth , and the rest of the shows in ISC's 2012-13 season.
Act 47 and an act of God can't help a poverty-riddled Reading but a Monte Carlo makeover can.
The problems experienced during what should have been the second day of the convention cannot be blamed on acts of God, but lie squarely on the poor planning of man.
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In science:

For Descartes this cogitatum could be distinguished only negatively from the cogito as that which transcends the contingency of one’s cogito at each moment of time. From this perspective, the Other in the act of doubting is defined as God.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
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