God's acre

God's acre
God God (g[o^]d), n. [AS. god; akin to OS. & D. god, OHG. got, G. gott, Icel. gu[eth], go[eth], Sw. & Dan. gud, Goth. gup, prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr. h[=u], p. p. h[=u]ta, to call upon, invoke, implore. [root]30. Cf. {Goodbye}, {Gospel}, {Gossip}.] 1. A being conceived of as possessing supernatural power, and to be propitiated by sacrifice, worship, etc.; a divinity; a deity; an object of worship; an idol. [1913 Webster]

He maketh a god, and worshipeth it. --Is. xliv. 15. [1913 Webster]

The race of Israel . . . bowing lowly down To bestial gods. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. The Supreme Being; the eternal and infinite Spirit, the Creator, and the Sovereign of the universe; Jehovah. [1913 Webster]

God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. --John iv. 24. [1913 Webster]

3. A person or thing deified and honored as the chief good; an object of supreme regard. [1913 Webster]

Whose god is their belly. --Phil. iii. 19. [1913 Webster]

4. Figuratively applied to one who wields great or despotic power. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Act of God}. (Law) See under {Act}.

{Gallery gods}, the occupants of the highest and cheapest gallery of a theater. [Colloq.]

{God's acre}, {God's field}, a burial place; a churchyard. See under {Acre}.

{God's house}. (a) An almshouse. [Obs.] (b) A church.

{God's penny}, earnest penny. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

{God's Sunday}, Easter. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • God's Acre — is the traditional name given to the graveyards of Congregations of the Moravian Church. The first was at Herrnhut Saxony in Germany, the Moravian Mother Congregation. The name comes from the symbolic gesture of the bodies of the Moravian dead… …   Wikipedia

  • God's acre — Acre A cre, n. [OE. aker, AS. [ae]cer; akin to OS. accar, OHG. achar, Ger. acker, Icel. akr, Sw. [*a]ker, Dan. ager, Goth. akrs, L. ager, Gr. ?, Skr. ajra. [root]2, 206.] 1. Any field of arable or pasture land. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A piece of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • God's acre — n. a burial ground, esp. one in a churchyard …   English World dictionary

  • God’s acre — n. a cemetery. □ When I end up in God’s acre, I want everything to go on without me. □ They’re planting somebody new in God’s acre …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • God's acre — God s′ a′cre n. a churchyard • Etymology: 1610–20; trans. of G Gottesacker …   From formal English to slang

  • God's acre — archaic a churchyard. → God …   English new terms dictionary

  • God's acre — noun Date: 1617 churchyard …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • God's acre — a cemetery, esp. one adjacent to a church; churchyard. [1610 20; trans. of G Gottesacker] * * * …   Universalium

  • God's acre — noun A Christian place of burial; a churchyard …   Wiktionary

  • god's acre — graveyard of a church, cemetery …   English contemporary dictionary

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