deify

  • 1 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; …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 deify — index elevate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 deify — mid 14c., from O.Fr. deifier (13c.), from L.L. deificare, from deificus making godlike, from L. deus god (see ZEUS (Cf. Zeus)) + ficare, from facere to make, do (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Deified; …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 deify — deify, deity The pronunciations preferred now in the COD (2006 edition) are day rather than the traditional dee , although the latter persists in more conservative circles. The Deity (= God), is spelt with a capital initial …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 deify — [v] elevate, glorify adore, apostheosize, consecrate, ennoble, enthrone, exalt, extol, idealize, idolize, immortalize, venerate, worship; concepts 69,367 Ant. degrade, dishonor, lower …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 deify — ► VERB (deifies, deified) ▪ make into or worship as a god. DERIVATIVES deification noun. ORIGIN Latin deificare, from deus god …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 deify — [dē′ə fī΄] vt. deified, deifying [ME deifien < OFr deifier < LL(Ec) deificare, to make divine < L deus, god + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to make a god of; rank among the gods 2. to look upon or worship as a god 3. to glorify, exalt, or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 deify — deifier, n. /dee euh fuy /, v.t., deified, deifying. 1. to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity; personify as a deity: to deify a beloved king. 2. to adore or regard as a deity: to deify wealth. [1300 50; ME deifien < OF deifier < LL… …

    Universalium

  • 9 deify — UK [ˈdeɪɪfaɪ] / UK [ˈdiːɪfaɪ] / US [ˈdɪɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms deify : present tense I/you/we/they deify he/she/it deifies present participle deifying past tense deified past participle deified formal a) to consider someone to be a… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 deify — /ˈdiəfaɪ / (say deeuhfuy), /ˈdeɪə / (say dayuh ) verb (t) (deified, deifying) 1. to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity. 2. to adore or regard as a deity: to deify prudence. {Middle English deify(en), from Old French deifier, from Late… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 deify — de•i•fy [[t]ˈdi əˌfaɪ[/t]] v. t. fied, fy•ing 1) to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity 2) to exalt as an object of worship: to deify wealth[/ex] • Etymology: 1300–50; ME < OF deifier < LL deificāre, der. of deificus making divine …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 deify —   Ho ākua, ho omanamana, hō unihipili, kīhēhē.    ♦ To deify a dead relative by food offerings and prayer, kākū ai …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 13 deify — 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 deify — verb /ˈdeɪɪfaɪ,ˈdiːɪfaɪ,ˈdiː.ə.faɪ,ˈdeɪ.ə.faɪ/ a) To make a god of (something or someone). b) To treat as worthy of worship; to regard as a deity. Syn: apotheosize, exalt, idealize See Also: deific …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 deify — Synonyms and related words: accord respect to, admire, adore, adulate, aggrandize, apotheose, apotheosize, appreciate, beatify, belaud, bepraise, bless, blow up, boast of, brag about, canonize, celebrate, crown, cry up, defer to, elevate,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 deify — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. worship, exalt, apotheosize (see idolatry). II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. idolize, apotheosize, exalt, consecrate; see revere , worship 2 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. worship, revere, exalt, put… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 deify — de|i|fy [ˈdi:ıfaı, ˈdeı ] v past tense and past participle deified present participle deifying third person singular deifies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: déifier, from Latin deus god ] to treat someone or something with extreme respect …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 deify — de|i|fy [ diı,faı ] verb transitive FORMAL to consider someone to be a god a. to treat someone as if you considered them to be a god ╾ de|i|fi|ca|tion [ ,diıfı keıʃn ] noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 deify — [[t]de͟ɪɪfaɪ, AM di͟ː [/t]] deifies, deifying, deified VERB: usu passive If someone is deified, they are considered to be a god or are regarded with very great respect. [FORMAL] [be V ed] Stalin was deified to an extent during his lifetime …

    English dictionary

  • 20 deify — de·i·fy || diːɪfaɪ v. idolize, worship, glorify, venerate, raise to the level of a deity …

    English contemporary dictionary