Theodicy The*od"i*cy, n. [NL. theodic[ae]a, fr. Gr. ? God + ? right, justice: cf. F. th['e]odic['e]e.] 1. A vindication of the justice of God in ordaining or permitting natural and moral evil. [1913 Webster]

2. That department of philosophy which treats of the being, perfections, and government of God, and the immortality of the soul. --Krauth-Fleming. [1913 Webster]

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  • theodicy — 1799, from Fr. théodicée, title of a work by Leibniz, from Gk. theos god (see THEA (Cf. Thea)) + dike judgment, justice, usage, custom (cognate with L. dicere to show, tell; see DICTION (Cf. diction)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • theodicy —    This word (from the Greek theos, meaning God, and dikē, meaning justice ) refers to the study of evil and suffering in the world, which seems contrary to the existence of a presumably good God. In a more general sense, theodicy sometimes… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • theodicy — noun (plural cies) Etymology: modification of French théodicée, from théo the (from Latin theo ) + Greek dikē judgment, right more at diction Date: 1797 defense of God s goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • theodicy — noun /θiːˈɒd.ɪ.si/ A justification of a deity, or the attributes of a deity, especially in regard to the existence of evil and suffering in the world; a work or discourse justifying the ways of God …   Wiktionary

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