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Beggar belief - JEEZ! deification (n.) "act of making into a god; [...]


Mochdre, Conwy
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Beggar belief - JEEZ!

deification (n.)

"act of making into a god; state of being raised to the rank of a deity," late 14c., from Late Latin deificationem (nominative deificatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of deificare (see deify).

deify (v.)

mid-14c., deifien, "to make god-like;" late 14c., "make a god of, exalt to the rank of a deity," from Old French deifier (13c.), from Late Latin deificare, from deificus "making godlike," from Latin deus "god" (from PIE root *dyeu- "to shine," in derivatives "sky, heaven, god") + -ficare, combining form of facere "to make, do" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put"). Sense of "adore, regard as an object worthy of worship" is from 1580s. Related: Deified; deifying.

*dyeu-

Proto-Indo-European root meaning "to shine," in derivatives "sky, heaven, god."

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