deify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deify exalt to the position of a God "the people deified their King"
    • v deify consider as a god or godlike "These young men deify financial success"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deify To make a god of; to exalt to the rank of a deity; to enroll among the deities; to apotheosize; as, Julius Cæsar was deified .
    • Deify To praise or revere as a deity; to treat as an object of supreme regard; as, to deify money. "He did again so extol and deify the pope."
    • Deify To render godlike. "By our own spirits are we deified ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deify To make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity; enroll among the gods.
    • deify To regard as an object of worship; adore or worship as a deity.
    • deify To make godlike; exalt spiritually.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deify dē′i-fī to exalt to the rank of a god: to worship as a deity: to make god-like
    • pr.p Deify dē′ifying; pa.p. dē′ified
    • adjs Deify Deif′ic, -al, making god-like or divine
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Quotations

  • Guillaume Apollinaire
    Guillaume Apollinaire
    “To insist on purity is to baptize instinct, to humanize art, and to deify personality.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. déifier, LL. deificare, fr. L. deificus,. See Deific Deity -fy

Usage

In literature:

We shall refer first to the simpler symbols, those in which an object was deified because of its form.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
By their beauty they are deified.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
To the evangelist, watching the aurora with upturned face, the hand was deified.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
The gods he described as philanthropists whom a grateful world had deified.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
Hence we may understand on what ground the ancient nations revered so highly, and even deified, the authors of the primary arts of life.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
In Malta later on he was first taken for a murderer, and then later on deified.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
However, for the future, you and the sons of the deified Scribner are the men for me.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Women were either deified, or held to be evil incarnate.
"Of Six Mediæval Women" by Alice Kemp-Welch
It seldom went seriously back of the stage at which Jesus was deified.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Thus it is true that love deifies the mortal clay, and draws down upon earth what is heavenly.
"Tales from the German" by Various
Soon after her first appearance, Lais was talked of, was celebrated, was deified, in all Hellenic lands.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
Claudius caused her to be deified, and the worship of Livia was constituted one of the functions of the Vestals.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
The ancients, following the inspirations of an undisciplined imagination, deified alike Virtues, Vices, and Evil principles.
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
The religion of Zen, with no particular god to deify, turned to flowers and gardens as symbols of the spirit of life.
"Zen Culture" by Thomas Hoover
Ignorance either deifies or spits upon what can not be understood.
"Geoffrey Hampstead" by Thomas Stinson Jarvis
This deified monarch needed a new temple, and Versailles, where everything was his creation, both men and things, adored its maker.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 7" by Various
In the deified natures of things, the intelligent worshipped God; the creator in the created.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
I loved Hania with all the power of a youthful soul; I deified her; I loved her with the love which is only in heaven.
"Hania" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
The emperor Augustus was deified.
"The Cradle of the Christ" by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
They are often the same as the village gods or those of the Deo-khulla and also include deified ancestors.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
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In poetry:

Higher than a mortal's stature
Soars the corn in pride;
Seeing it, he knows that Nature
There stands deified.
"Mon-Daw-Min" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
O wonderful unseen power that still
As the ages roll along
Heaps scorn on the tyrant's might and will,
But deifies endless song.
"Tasso" by Alexander Anderson
Wise fate, which does its heaven decree
To heroes, when they yield their breath,
Hastens thy triumph. Half of thee
Is deified before thy death.
"An Ode - Presented To The King, On His Majesty's Arrival In Holland, After The Queen's Death" by Matthew Prior
"Let me this once but feel the flame
"Of those spread wings, the very pride
"Will change my nature, and this frame
"By the mere touch be deified!"
"The Loves of the Angels" by Thomas Moore
The Life of Christ!—that man whom men
Have deified,—yet through the glare
Have less of truth and virtue seen
Than in their natural grace, as there.
"The Life of Christ" by John Bowring
Therefore the nurse of vertue I am hight,
And golden Trompet of eternitie,
That lowly thoughts lift vp to heauens hight,
And mortall men haue powre to deifie:
Bacchus and Hercules I raisd to heauen,
And Charlemaine, amongst the Starris seauen.
"The Teares of the Muses" by Edmund Spenser

In news:

But Whiteman spiked the scene when her Hopi friends objected to public representations of their deified ancestral spirits.
Claim that a "halo of stars" around Barack Obama's head "deifies" the president even after the artist of the portrait, the famed Shepard Fairey, tells you that it's just the presidential seal.
Chicagoland "Go ahead, capitalize the T on technology, deify it if it'll make you feel less responsible - but it puts you in with the neutered , brother".
Ancient poem deifies wife of brutal Roman emperor Nero.
A recent return to deifying Mao is less straightforward than it seems.
Ancient poem deifies wife of brutal Roman emperor Nero .
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