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. Act of God.

See act. Gallery gods, the occupants of the highest and cheapest gallery of a theater. God's acre, God's field, a burial place; a churchyard. See Acre. God's house. An almshouse. A church. God's penny, earnest penny. God's Sunday, Easter.

Origin: AS. God; akin to OS. & D. God, OHG. Got, G. Gott, Icel. Gu, go, Sw. & Dan. Gud, Goth. Gup, prob. Orig. A p. P. From a root appearing in Skr. H, p. P. Hta, to call upon, invoke, implore. Cf. Goodbye, Gospel, Gossip.

(01 Mar 1998)

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