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Deify definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DEIFY, v.t. [L. A god, and to make.]
1. To make a god; to exalt to the rank of a heathen deity; to enroll among the deities; as, Julius Cesar was deified.
2. To exalt into an object of worship; to treat as an object of supreme regard; as a covetous man deifies his treasures.
3. To exalt to a deity in estimation; to reverence or praise as a deity.
The pope was formerly extolled and deified by his votaries.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: consider as a god or godlike; "These young men deify financial success"
2: exalt to the position of a God; "the people deified their King"

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French deifier, from Late Latin deificare, from Latin deus god + -ficare -fy Date: 14th century 1. a. to make a god of b. to take as an object of worship 2. to glorify as of supreme worth

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. (-ies, -ied) 1 make a god of. 2 regard or worship as a god. Derivatives: deification n. Etymology: ME f. OF deifier f. eccl.L deificare f. deus god

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. 2. To praise or revere as a deity; to treat as an object of supreme regard; as, to deify money. He did again so extol and deify the pope. --Bacon. 3. To render godlike. By our own spirits are we deified. --Wordsworth.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(deifies, deifying, deified) If someone is deified, they are considered to be a god or are regarded with very great respect. (FORMAL) Valentino was virtually deified by legions of female fans. VERB: usu passive, be V-ed

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Raise to the rank of a deity, place among the gods, apotheosize. 2. Idolize, cultivate idolatrously, make a god of, make into an object of worship, praise or revere as a deity. 3. Make godlike, exalt, elevate, ennoble.

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