God's penny
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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