Deify
Deify De"i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deifying}.] [F. d['e]ifier, LL. deificare, fr. L. deificus. See {Deific}, {Deity}, {-fy}.] 1. To make a god of; to exalt to the rank of a deity; to enroll among the deities; to apotheosize; as, Julius C[ae]sar was deified. [1913 Webster]

2. To praise or revere as a deity; to treat as an object of supreme regard; as, to deify money. [1913 Webster]

He did again so extol and deify the pope. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. To render godlike. [1913 Webster]

By our own spirits are we deified. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]


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  • deify — index elevate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • deify — mid 14c., from O.Fr. deifier (13c.), from L.L. deificare, from deificus making godlike, from L. deus god (see ZEUS (Cf. Zeus)) + ficare, from facere to make, do (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Deified; …   Etymology dictionary

  • deify — deify, deity The pronunciations preferred now in the COD (2006 edition) are day rather than the traditional dee , although the latter persists in more conservative circles. The Deity (= God), is spelt with a capital initial …   Modern English usage

  • deify — [v] elevate, glorify adore, apostheosize, consecrate, ennoble, enthrone, exalt, extol, idealize, idolize, immortalize, venerate, worship; concepts 69,367 Ant. degrade, dishonor, lower …   New thesaurus

  • deify — ► VERB (deifies, deified) ▪ make into or worship as a god. DERIVATIVES deification noun. ORIGIN Latin deificare, from deus god …   English terms dictionary

  • deify — [dē′ə fī΄] vt. deified, deifying [ME deifien < OFr deifier < LL(Ec) deificare, to make divine < L deus, god + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to make a god of; rank among the gods 2. to look upon or worship as a god 3. to glorify, exalt, or… …   English World dictionary

  • deify — deifier, n. /dee euh fuy /, v.t., deified, deifying. 1. to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity; personify as a deity: to deify a beloved king. 2. to adore or regard as a deity: to deify wealth. [1300 50; ME deifien < OF deifier < LL… …   Universalium

  • deify — UK [ˈdeɪɪfaɪ] / UK [ˈdiːɪfaɪ] / US [ˈdɪɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms deify : present tense I/you/we/they deify he/she/it deifies present participle deifying past tense deified past participle deified formal a) to consider someone to be a… …   English dictionary

  • deify — /ˈdiəfaɪ / (say deeuhfuy), /ˈdeɪə / (say dayuh ) verb (t) (deified, deifying) 1. to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity. 2. to adore or regard as a deity: to deify prudence. {Middle English deify(en), from Old French deifier, from Late… …   Australian English dictionary

  • deify — de•i•fy [[t]ˈdi əˌfaɪ[/t]] v. t. fied, fy•ing 1) to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity 2) to exalt as an object of worship: to deify wealth[/ex] • Etymology: 1300–50; ME < OF deifier < LL deificāre, der. of deificus making divine …   From formal English to slang

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