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GOD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does God mean? 

GOD (noun)
  The noun GOD has 4 senses:

1. the supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object of worship in monotheistic religions
2. any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
3. a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people
4. a material effigy that is worshipped

  Familiarity information: GOD used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GOD (noun)


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Meaning:

The supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object of worship in monotheistic religions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

God; Supreme Being

Instance hypernyms:

spiritual being; supernatural being (an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events)

Instance hyponyms:

Almighty; Creator; Divine; God Almighty; Godhead; Jehovah; Lord; Maker (terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God)

Jahvey; Jahweh; Jehovah; JHVH; Wahvey; Yahve; Yahveh; Yahwe; Yahweh; YHVH; YHWH (a name for the God of the Old Testament as transliterated from the Hebrew consonants YHVH)

Allah (Muslim name for the one and only God)


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Meaning:

Any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

deity; divinity; immortal; god

Hypernyms ("god" is a kind of...):

spiritual being; supernatural being (an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "god"):

Greek deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks)

Graeco-Roman deity; Greco-Roman deity (a deity of classical mythology)

demiurge (a subordinate deity, in some philosophies the creator of the universe)

earth god; earth-god (a god of fertility and vegetation)

goddess (a female deity)

Japanese deity (a deity worshipped by the Japanese)

Roman deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Romans)

Norse deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Norsemen)

Teutonic deity ((German mythology) a deity worshipped by the ancient Teutons)

Anglo-Saxon deity ((Anglo-Saxon mythology) a deity worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons)

Phrygian deity (deity of the ancient Phrygians of west central Asia Minor)

saint (a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization)

god of war; war god (a god worshipped as giving victory in war)

snake god; zombi; zombie (a god of voodoo cults of African origin worshipped especially in West Indies)

Chinese deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Chinese)

daemon; demigod (a person who is part mortal and part god)

sea god (a deity that personifies the sea and is usually believed to live in or to control the sea)

sun god (a god that personifies the sun or is otherwise associated with the sun)

Celtic deity (a deity worshipped by the Celts)

Egyptian deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Egyptians)

Semitic deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Semites)

Instance hyponyms:

Quetzalcoatl (an Aztec deity represented as a plumed serpent)

Hypnos ((Greek mythology) the Greek god of sleep; the son of Nyx)

Demogorgon ((Greek mythology) a mysterious and terrifying deity of the underworld)

Morpheus (the Roman god of sleep and dreams)

Arhant; Arhat; lohan (a Buddhist who has attained Nirvana)

Fates; Three Weird Sisters; Weird Sisters (a group of three goddesses of destiny)

Hindu deity (a deity worshipped by the Hindus)

Persian deity (a deity worshiped by the ancient Persians)

Boddhisatva; Bodhisattva (Buddhist worthy of Nirvana who postpones it to help others)

Holonyms ("god" is a member of...):

pantheon (all the gods of a religion)


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Meaning:

A man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

he was a god among men

Hypernyms ("god" is a kind of...):

higher-up; superior; superordinate (one of greater rank or station or quality)


Sense 4god [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A material effigy that is worshipped

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

graven image; idol; god

Context examples:

thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image / money was his god

Hypernyms ("god" is a kind of...):

effigy; image; simulacrum (a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "god"):

golden calf ((Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worship; destroyed by Moses; it is now used to refer to anything worshipped undeservedly)

joss (a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol)

Juggernaut (a crude idol of Krishna)


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