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Webster 1913 Edition


God

God

,
Adj.
&
Noun.
Good.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

God

(gŏd)
,
Noun.
[AS.
god
; akin to OS. & D.
god
, OHG.
got
, G.
gott
, Icel.
guð
,
goð
, Sw. & Dan.
gud
, Goth.
gup
, prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr.
hū
, p. p.
hūta
, to call upon, invoke, implore. √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.
He maketh a
god
, and worshipeth it.
Is. xliv. 15.
The race of Israel . . . bowing lowly down
To bestial
gods
.
Milton.
2.
The Supreme Being; the eternal and infinite Spirit, the Creator, and the Sovereign of the universe; Jehovah.
God
is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John iv. 24.
3.
A person or thing deified and honored as the chief good; an object of supreme regard.
Whose
god
is their belly.
Phil. iii. 19.
4.
Figuratively applied to one who wields great or despotic power.
[R.]
Shak.
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.

God

,
Verb.
T.
To treat as a god; to idolize.
[Obs.]
Shak.

Webster 1828 Edition


God

GOD

,
Noun.
1.
The Supreme Being; Jehovah; the eternal and infinite spirit, the creator,and the sovereign of the universe.
God is a spirit; and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4.
2.
A false god; a heathen deity; an idol.
Fear not the gods of the Amorites. Judges 6.
3.
A prince; a ruler; a magistrate or judge; an angel. Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.
Ex. 22. Ps.97.
[Gods here is a bad translation.]
4.
Any person or thing exalted too much in estimation, or deified and honored as the chief good.
Whose god is their belly. Phil.3.

GOD

,
Verb.
T.
To deify. [Not used.]

Definition 2021


God

God

See also: god, gód, Gód, göd, gød, goð, and góð

English

Wikiquote

Michaelangelo: The Creation

Noun

God (plural Gods)

  1. An impersonal and universal spiritual presence or force.
  2. creator of the universe (as in deism).
  3. The (personification of the) laws of nature.

Translations

Proper noun

God (usually uncountable, plural Gods)

  1. The single deity of various monotheistic religions.
    Dawn believes in God, but Willow believes in multiple gods and goddesses.
  2. The single male deity of various bitheistic or duotheistic religions.
    • 2001, Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy, Jesus and the Lost Goddess, page 133:
      The ancients represented this fundamental duality mythologically as God and Goddess. When Mystery looks at itself, God looks at Goddess.
    • 2005, Nikki Bado-Fralick, Coming to the Edge of the Circle, page 45:
      This reduces the successful invocation of God to a function of the presence of male genitalia. Put another way, women have the wrong equipment to invoke God.
      Goddess and God flow throughout all of nature, through each and every man and woman, becoming fully present in the world.
    • 2006, Ronald L. Clark, The Grace of Being, page 22:
      God and Goddess watched as the finite universe continued to develop into a stable platform to sustain finite life and were pleased.

Usage notes

God is often referred to by masculine pronouns, not necessarily implying that the speaker believes God to be male. God is also sometimes referred to by pronouns that begin with a capital letter, as a sign of respect, in many languages written in Latin script. In English, these include He, Him, His and Himself. The use of standard, uncapitalized pronouns is at least equally frequent and is the norm among English Bible translations (including the King James Version).[1] Many Jews follow a prohibition in their tradition against using this term and other equivalents in writing (see G-d).

When describing the Abrahamic deity, the word "God" is capitalized almost without exception, even when preceded by various qualifiers.[2] The term is frequently, but not always, capitalized in more vague, deistic references to a single deity.

English references to God in an Islamic context may use the word "God" or the Arabic "Allah." Though the latter is simply the word for "God" in Arabic, it is often treated as a personal name in English, and is used in English only with reference to Islam.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

Interjection

God

  1. An expression of frustration.
    God, is this because of the "I don't love you anymore" T-shirt I bought? It always goes back to that, doesn't it?

References

  1. http://biblehub.com/psalms/18-30.htm
  2. http://biblehub.com/psalms/18-31.htm

See also

Anagrams


Afrikaans

Etymology

From Dutch God.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /xɔt/

Proper noun

God

  1. God

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɔt
  • IPA(key): /ɣɔt/

Etymology

See god.

Proper noun

God m

  1. God
    God, neem me mee naar een plek hier ver vandaan. -- Kempi & Willy - Hier Ver Vandaan 2009
    Oh, mijn God - Oh my god

Derived terms

See also


Middle English

Etymology

From Old English God, see Old English god.

Proper noun

God (uncountable)

  1. God (the deity of Abrahamic religions)

References


Saterland Frisian

Etymology

From Old Frisian god, from Proto-Germanic *gudą. More at god.

Noun

God m

  1. god
  2. God

Derived terms

  • goddelk

Tok Pisin

Etymology

From English God.

Proper noun

God

  1. God (Abrahamic monotheistic deity)
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:2 (translation here):
      Tudak i karamapim bikpela wara na spirit bilong God i go i kam antap long en.
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West Frisian

Etymology

See god.

Proper noun

God

  1. God

god

god

See also: God, gód, Gód, göd, gød, goð, and góð

English

Indra on his mount Airavata.
A statue depicting Zeus, a Greek god.

Alternative forms

Noun

god (plural gods, feminine goddess)

  1. A deity.
    1. A supernatural, typically immortal being with superior powers.
    2. A male deity.
      • 2002, Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby:
        When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love.
    3. A supreme being; God.
      The most frequently used name for the Islamic god is Allah.
  2. Alternative letter-case form of God.
  3. An idol.
    1. A representation of a deity, especially a statue or statuette.
    2. Something or someone particularly revered, worshipped, idealized, admired and/or followed.
      • Bible, Phil. iii. 19
        whose god is their belly
  4. (figuratively) A person in a high position of authority, importance or influence.
  5. (figuratively) A powerful ruler or tyrant.
  6. (colloquial) An exceedingly handsome man.
    Lounging on the beach were several Greek gods.
    • Wilfred Owen, Disabled (poem)
      Someone had said he'd look a god in kilts.
  7. (Internet) The person who owns and runs a multi-user dungeon.
    • 1996, Andy Eddy, Internet after hours
      The gods usually have several wizards, or "immortals," to assist them in building the MUD.
    • 2003, David Lojek, Emote to the Max (page 11)
      The wizzes are only the junior grade of the MUD illuminati. The people who attain the senior grade of MUD freemasonry by starting their own MUD, with all due hubris, are known as gods.

Usage notes

The word god is often applied both to males and to females. The word was originally neuter in Proto-Germanic; monotheistic – notably Judeo-Christian – usage completely shifted the gender to masculine, necessitating the development of a feminine form, goddess.

Synonyms

  • (supernatural being with superior powers): deity, See also Wikisaurus:god

Derived terms

Translations

Proper noun

god

  1. (very rare) Alternative form of God
    • 1530, William Tyndall, An aunſwere vnto Syr Thomas Mores Dialogue in The whole workes of W. Tyndall, Iohn Frith, and Doct. Barnes, three worthy Martyrs, and principall teachers of this Churche of England, collected and compiled in one Tome togither, beyng before ſcattered, & now in Print here exhibited to the Church (1573), page 271/2:
      And ſuch is to beare yͤ names of god with croſſes betwene ech name about them.
    • 1900, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, "The Happy Man" in The Wild Knight and Other Poems:
      Golgotha's ghastly trinity—
      Three persons and one god.

Verb

god (third-person singular simple present gods, present participle godding, simple past and past participle godded)

  1. To idolize.
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Coriolanus, Act V Scene III:
      CORIOLANUS: This last old man, / Whom with a crack'd heart I have sent to Rome, / Loved me above the measure of a father; / Nay, godded me, indeed.
    • a. 1866, Edward Bulwer Lytton, "Death and Sisyphus".
      To men the first necessity is gods; / And if the gods were not, / " Man would invent them, tho' they godded stones.
    • 2001, Conrad C. Fink, Sportswriting: The Lively Game, page 78
      "Godded him up" ... It's the fear of discerning journalists: Does coverage of athletic stars, on field and off, approach beatification of the living?
  2. To deify.
    • 1595, Edmund Spenser, Colin Clouts Come Home Againe.
      Then got he bow and fhafts of gold and lead, / In which fo fell and puiflant he grew, / That Jove himfelfe his powre began to dread, / And, taking up to heaven, him godded new.
    • 1951, Eric Voegelin, Dante Germino ed., The New Science of Politics: An Introduction (1987), page 125
      The superman marks the end of a road on which we find such figures as the "godded man" of English Reformation mystics
    • 1956, C. S. Lewis, Fritz Eichenberg, Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, page 241
      "She is so lately godded that she is still a rather poor goddess, Stranger.

Translations

See also

References

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

Anagrams


Danish

Etymology

From Old Danish gōþær, gothær, from Old Norse góðr (good), from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ- (to join, to unite).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡoð/, [ɡ̊oðˀ], [ɡ̊oːˀð], [ɡ̊oːˀ]
  • Rhymes: -oð

Adjective

god (neuter godt, e-form gode, comparative bedre, superlative (predicative) bedst, superlative (attributive) }}})

  1. good

References


Dutch

Etymology

From Old Dutch got, from Proto-Germanic *gudą, from the Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto- (invoked (one)). Compare English and West Frisian god, German Gott, Danish gud.

Pronunciation

Noun

god m (plural goden, diminutive godje n, feminine godin)

  1. god

German Low German

Alternative forms

  • (in other dialects) good (got)
  • (in other dialects) goot

Etymology

From Middle Low German gôt, from Old Saxon gōd, from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɣɔʊt/, IPA(key): /ɣoʊt/

Adjective

god

  1. (in some dialects) good (alternative spelling of goot)

Gothic

Romanization

gōd

  1. Romanization of 𐌲𐍉𐌳

Lower Sorbian

Noun

god

  1. Superseded spelling of gód.

Middle English

Etymology

From Old English god.

Noun

god (plural gods, genitive goddes)

  1. god

Descendants


Middle Low German

Adjective

god

  1. Alternative spelling of gôt.

Noun

god

  1. Alternative spelling of got.
  2. Alternative spelling of gôt.

Navajo

Etymology

From Proto-Athabaskan *-ɢᴜ̓t’.

Cognates:

  • Apachean: Western Apache -god, Chiricahua -go’
  • Others: Hupa -ɢot’, Mattole -goʔł, Galice -gʷay’, Chilcotin -gʷə́d, Slavey -gó’, Hare -gó’, Dogrib -gò, Dene Sųłiné -gór, Sekani -gʷə̀de’, Dunneza -gʷəd, Central Tanana -gᴜd, Hän -gòd, Ahtna -ɢo’d, Dena’ina -ɢət’, Eyak -ɢuʰd

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [kòt]~[kɣʷòt]

Noun

-god (inalienable)

  1. knee

Derived terms

  • agod (someone’s knee)
  • hagod (one’s knee)
  • bigod (his/her/their knee)
  • shigod (my knee)

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse góðr, from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ- (to join, to unite).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /guː/, [guʷː]

Adjective

god (neuter singular godt, definite singular and plural gode, comparative bedre, indefinite superlative best, definite superlative beste)

  1. good

Derived terms

References


Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old Norse góðr, from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ- (to join, to unite).

Adjective

god (masculine and feminine god, neuter godt, definite singular and plural gode, comparative betre, indefinite superlative best, definite superlative beste)

  1. good

Derived terms


Old English

Etymology 1

From Proto-Germanic *gudą, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto- (invoked; poured, libated), from an original root *ǵʰaw-, *ǵʰawH- (call, invoke) or *ǵʰew- (pour). Germanic cognates include Old Frisian god, Old Saxon god (Low German gad), Dutch god, Old High German got (German Gott), Old Norse goð, guð (Danish and Swedish gud), Gothic 𐌲𐌿𐌸 (guþ). The Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek καυχάομαι (kaukháomai, I extol, boast), Old Irish guth (voice), Old Church Slavonic зъвати (zŭvati) (Russian звать (zvatʹ, call)).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡod/

Noun

god n (nominative plural godu)

  1. god
Declension

Noun

god m

  1. God, the Christian god
Declension
Descendants
  • Middle English: god

Etymology 2

From Proto-Germanic *gōdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ-, *gʰadʰ- (to gather, align, match). Cognate with Old Frisian gōd, Old Saxon gōd, Dutch goed, Old High German guot (German gut), Old Norse góðr (Swedish god), Gothic 𐌲𐍉𐌸𐍃 (gōþs).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡoːd/

Adjective

gōd (comparative betera, superlative betst)

  1. good, appropriate, pleasing
Declension
Descendants

Noun

gōd n

  1. good; goodness, benefit, well-being
Declension

Old Frisian

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *gōdaz.

Adjective

gōd

  1. good

Descendants

  • North Frisian:
    Föhr-Amrum: gud
  • West Frisian: goed

Old Saxon

Etymology 1

From Proto-Germanic *gōdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ- (to join, to unite). Compare Old English and West Frisian gōd, Old High German and Old Dutch guot, Old Norse góðr.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɣoːd/

Adjective

gōd (comparative betiro, superlative betst)

  1. good
    • Davides thes gōdon
      David the Good
      (Heliand, verse 363)
Declension


Descendants
  • Middle Low German: gôd

Etymology 2

From Proto-Germanic *gōdaz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɣoːd/

Noun

gōd n

  1. goodness, benefit
    • dōt im gōdes filu
      They gave to them loads of goods
      (Heliand, verse 1456)
Declension
Descendants
  • Middle Low German: gôd
    • Low German: Goot

Etymology 3

From Proto-Germanic *gudą, from the Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto- (invoked (one)). Compare Old English god, Old Frisian god, Old High German got, Old Norse guð.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɣɔd/

Noun

god n

  1. god
    • godes ēgan barn
      God's own child
      (Heliand, verse 326)
Declension
Descendants
  • Middle Low German: god

Etymology 4

From Proto-Germanic *gudą.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɣɔd/

Noun

god m

  1. God, the Christian god
    • thia habdon maht godes helpa fan himila
      They had the power by the help of God in the heavens
      (Heliand, verse 11)
Declension
Descendants
  • Middle Low German: god

Romansch

Alternative forms

Etymology

Of probable Germanic origins (compare German Wald, Dutch woud, English wold).

Noun

god m (plural gods)

  1. (Puter, Vallader) forest

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *godъ. Cognate with Slovene god, Old Church Slavonic годъ (godŭ), Russian год (god).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡôːd/

Noun

gȏd m (Cyrillic spelling го̑д)

  1. name day
  2. anniversary, holiday
  3. ring (on a tree)

Declension

Particle

god (Cyrillic spelling год)

  1. generalization particle
    (t)ko god — whoever
    što god — whatever
    šta god — whatever
    koji god — whichever
    Uzmi koji god hočeš.
    Take whichever you want.
    kad god — whenever
    čiji god — whoever's
    kako god — in whichever way
    kakav god — of whatever kind
    koliki god — of whichever size
    koliko god — no matter how much/many

Slovene

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *godъ. Cognate with Serbo-Croatian god, Old Church Slavonic годъ (godŭ).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡóːt/
  • Tonal orthography: gọ̑d

Noun

gód m inan (genitive godú or góda, nominative plural godôvi)

  1. name day

Declension


Swedish

Etymology

From Old Swedish gōþer, from Old Norse góðr, from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ- (to join, to unite).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡuːd/

Adjective

god (comparative godare, superlative godast)

  1. good (not evil), kind
  2. good (tasting)

Declension

Inflection of god
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular god godare godast
Neuter singular gott godare godast
Plural goda godare godast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 gode godare godaste
All goda godare godaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.

Antonyms

  • (not evil): elak, ond
  • (tasting): äcklig, illasmakande

Adjective

god (comparative bättre, superlative bäst)

  1. good (not bad), fine, useful

Declension

Positive forms as above, comparative bättre, superlative bäst.

Derived terms

Antonyms


West Frisian

Etymology

From Old Frisian god, from Proto-Germanic *gudą, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto-. Compare English and Dutch god, German Gott, Danish gud.

Noun

god c (plural goaden)

  1. god, deity