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Definition of God

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Supreme Being, creator and ruler of the universe (according to the tenets of monotheistic religions)
being conceived to have supernatural powers and authority
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Theological and Philosophical Biography and Dictionary
* See God-is-dead thought ; Word of God ; Moral argument for God ; Ontological argument for God ; and Teleological argument for God
Middle-earth v2.2b
A name used by Men for the Valar.

"The Great among these spirits [the Ainur] the Elves name the Valar, the Powers of Arda, and Men have often called them gods."

A name wrongly given by Men to the Valar. While Tolkien states that Men have 'often' called the Valar gods, in fact the term is very rare in his books; it is most prominently used at the debate of Estolad, where the Men newly arrived in Beleriand dispute whether or not to remain. This is natural, of course; they had not at this point been tutored by the Elves in such high matters.
It is tempting to suppose that 'Men have often called them gods' refers to the years after the end of the Third Age, and might even suggest equivalences between the Valar and mythological gods of later times, such as those of the Greeks or Vikings. This cannot be correct, however; the Valaquenta represents a very ancient text within the context of The Silmarillion, probably dating from the mid to late First Age, and therefore can only refer to the Men of those times.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To treat as a god; to idolize.
The Supreme Being; the eternal and infinite Spirit, the Creator, and the Sovereign of the universe; Jehovah.
Figuratively applied to one who wields great or despotic power.
A person or thing deified and honored as the chief good; an object of supreme regard.
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.
(a. & n.)
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
hEnglish - advanced version

\god\ (?), a. & n. good. [obs.]
\god\ (g&obreve;d), n. [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. hū, p. p. hūta, to call upon, invoke, implore. ?30. cf. goodbye, gospel, gossip.]
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. xliv. 15. the race of israel bowing lowly down to bestial gods.
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. iv. 24.
3. a person or thing deified and honored as the chief good; an object of supreme regard. whose god is their belly. iii. 19.
4. figuratively applied to one who wields great or despotic power. [r.]

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The Phrase Finder
From Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
An act which are outside human control.
Originated in legal or insurance circles to denote acts which aren't the responsibility of any individual and therefore uninsurable.
ref: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 15th edition
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) in Die Fr÷hliche Wissenschaft. 'God is dead: but considering the state the species Man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown.'
Drat or doggone.
A minced oath.
From the Bible, Mark 10:25.
From the christian marriage ceremony. 'Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.' Taken from the Bible; Matthew 19:6.
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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
Dia m.
God save you!, God to you!: Dia d(h)uit!
God bless us!: Dia linn
May God bless you!: Go mbeannaí Dia duit!
The blessing of God on you: Bail ó Dhia ort
May God grant you a big heart always: Go dtuga Dia fairsinge do chroí i gcónaí duit
English Phonetics
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
God = n. incontinence; adultery
Duw = n. God, the Deity
Geudduw = n. a false god
Australian Slang
oath or exclamation used to express weariness, annoyance, disappointment, etc.
vomit into a toilet bowl, especially from having drunk too much alcohol
religious fanatic (of the door-to-door variety)
oath wishing ill to befall the person or thing it is directed at
(often ironic) truly wonderful person in a particular sphere of interest: “god's gift to the business world”; “He thinks he's God's gift to women”
1. intensifier: “It'll be God's own misery next winter”; 2. (of a country) the best; paradise
used as an intensifier: "goddamn idiot"; "the whole goddamn night long"
exclamation indicating surprise, indignation, etc.
sexually attractive man
long time back
WordNet 2.0

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
(synonym) Supreme Being
(hypernym) spiritual being, supernatural being
(hyponym) Godhead, Lord, Creator, Maker, Divine, God Almighty, Almighty, Jehovah

1. any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
(synonym) deity, divinity, immortal
(hypernym) spiritual being, supernatural being
(hyponym) Demogorgon
(member-holonym) pantheon
2. a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people; "he was a god among men"
(hypernym) superior, higher-up, superordinate
3. a material effigy that is worshipped as a god; "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"; "money was his god"
(synonym) idol, graven image
(hypernym) effigy, image, simulacrum
(hyponym) golden calf
God Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Fear of gods or religion
Dream Dictionary
If you dream of seeing God, you will be domineered over by a tyrannical woman masquerading under the cloak of Christianity. No good accrues from this dream.

If God speaks to you, beware that you do not fall into condemnation. Business of all sorts will take an unfavorable turn. It is the forerunner of the weakening of health and may mean early dissolution.

If you dream of worshiping God, you will have cause to repent of an error of your own making. Look well to observing the ten commandments after this dream.

To dream that God confers distinct favors upon you, you will become the favorite of a cautious and prominent person who will use his position to advance yours.

To dream that God sends his spirit upon you, great changes in your beliefs will take place. Views concerning dogmatic Christianity should broaden after this dream, or you may be severely chastised for some indiscreet action which has brought shame upon you. God speaks oftener to those who transgress than those who do not. It is the genius of spiritual law or economy to reinstate the prodigal child by signs and visions. Elijah, Jonah, David, and Paul were brought to the altar of repentence through the vigilant energy of the hidden forces within.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Dream Quotations
We must nurture our dreams like we would a child. They are God-given and just as precious. Without ambition how would a child learn to ride a bicycle, play an instrument or whistle? We deny the spirit of God when we as adults settle for less than our dreams!
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God Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
In monotheism and henotheism, God is conceived of as the Supreme Being and principal object of faith. The concept of God as described by theologians commonly includes the attributes of omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), omnibenevolence (perfect goodness), divine simplicity, and eternal and necessary existence. In theism, God is the creator and sustainer of the universe, while in deism, God is the creator, but not the sustainer, of the universe. Monotheism is the belief in the existence of one God or in the oneness of God. In pantheism, God is the universe itself. In atheism, God does not exist, while God is deemed unknown or unknowable within the context of agnosticism. God has also been conceived as being incorporeal (immaterial), a personal being, the source of all moral obligation, and the "greatest conceivable existent". Many notable medieval philosophers and modern philosophers have developed arguments for and against the existence of God.

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English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
ekon; Oekon
English - Klingon
n. Qun, joH'a'
God Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
(A.S. and Dutch God; Dan. Gud; Ger. Gott), the name of the Divine Being. It is the rendering (1) of the Hebrew 'El, from a word meaning to be strong; (2) of 'Eloah_, plural _'Elohim. The singular form, Eloah, is used only in poetry. The plural form is more commonly used in all parts of the Bible, The Hebrew word Jehovah (q.v.), the only other word generally employed to denote the Supreme Being, is uniformly rendered in the Authorized Version by "LORD," printed in small capitals. The existence of God is taken for granted in the Bible. There is nowhere any argument to prove it. He who disbelieves this truth is spoken of as one devoid of understanding (Ps. 14:1). The arguments generally adduced by theologians in proof of the being of God are: (1.) The a priori argument, which is the testimony afforded by reason. (2.) The a posteriori argument, by which we proceed logically from the facts of experience to causes. These arguments are, (a) The cosmological, by which it is proved that there must be a First Cause of all things, for every effect must have a cause. (b) The teleological, or the argument from design. We see everywhere the operations of an intelligent Cause in nature. (c) The moral argument, called also the anthropological argument, based on the moral consciousness and the history of mankind, which exhibits a moral order and purpose which can only be explained on the supposition of the existence of God. Conscience and human history testify that "verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth." The attributes of God are set forth in order by Moses in Ex. 34:6,7. (see also Deut. 6:4; 10:17; Num. 16:22; Ex. 15:11; 33:19; Isa. 44:6; Hab. 3:6; Ps. 102:26; Job 34:12.) They are also systematically classified in Rev. 5:12 and 7:12. God's attributes are spoken of by some as absolute, i.e., such as belong to his essence as Jehovah, Jah, etc.; and relative, i.e., such as are ascribed to him with relation to his creatures. Others distinguish them into communicable, i.e., those which can be imparted in degree to his creatures: goodness, holiness, wisdom, etc.; and incommunicable, which cannot be so imparted: independence, immutability, immensity, and eternity. They are by some also divided into natural attributes, eternity, immensity, etc.; and moral, holiness, goodness, etc.
a perfection of his character which he exercises towards his creatures according to their various circumstances and relations (Ps. 145:8, 9; 103:8; 1 John 4:8). Viewed generally, it is benevolence; as exercised with respect to the miseries of his creatures it is mercy, pity, compassion, and in the case of impenitent sinners, long-suffering patience; as exercised in communicating favour on the unworthy it is grace. "Goodness and justice are the several aspects of one unchangeable, infinitely wise, and sovereign moral perfection. God is not sometimes merciful and sometimes just, but he is eternally infinitely just and merciful." God is infinitely and unchangeably good (Zeph. 3:17), and his goodness is incomprehensible by the finite mind (Rom. 11: 35, 36). "God's goodness appears in two things, giving and forgiving."
that perfection of his nature whereby he is infinitely righteous in himself and in all he does, the righteousness of the divine nature exercised in his moral government. At first God imposes righteous laws on his creatures and executes them righteously. Justice is not an optional product of his will, but an unchangeable principle of his very nature. His legislative justice is his requiring of his rational creatures conformity in all respects to the moral law. His rectoral or distributive justice is his dealing with his accountable creatures according to the requirements of the law in rewarding or punishing them (Ps. 89:14). In remunerative justice he distributes rewards (James 1:12; 2 Tim. 4:8); in vindictive or punitive justice he inflicts punishment on account of transgression (2 Thess. 1:6). He cannot, as being infinitely righteous, do otherwise than regard and hate sin as intrinsically hateful and deserving of punishment. "He cannot deny himself" (2 Tim. 2:13). His essential and eternal righteousness immutably determines him to visit every sin as such with merited punishment.
(Matt. 6:33; Mark 1:14, 15; Luke 4:43) = "kingdom of Christ" (Matt. 13:41; 20:21) = "kingdom of Christ and of God" (Eph. 5:5) = "kingdom of David" (Mark 11:10) = "the kingdom" (Matt. 8:12; 13:19) = "kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 3:2; 4:17; 13:41), all denote the same thing under different aspects, viz.: (1) Christ's mediatorial authority, or his rule on the earth; (2) the blessings and advantages of all kinds that flow from this rule; (3) the subjects of this kingdom taken collectively, or the Church.
Smith's Bible Dictionary

(good). Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures two chief names are used for the one true divine Being-ELOHIM, commonly translated God in our version, and Jehovah, translated Lord . Elohim is the plural of Eloah (in Arabic Allah); it is often used in the short form EL (a word signifying strength, as in EL-SHADDAI, God Almighty, the name by which God was specially known to the patriarchs. (Genesis 17:1; 28:3; Exodus 6:3) The etymology is uncertain, but it is generally agreed that the primary idea is that of strength, power of effect, and that it properly describes God in that character in which he is exhibited to all men in his works, as the creator, sustainer and supreme governor of the world. The plural form of Elohim has given rise to much discussion. The fanciful idea that it referred to the trinity of persons in the Godhead hardly finds now a supporter among scholars. It is either what grammarians call the plural of majesty, or it denotes the fullness of divine strength, the sum of the powers displayed by God. Jehovah denotes specifically the one true God, whose people the Jews were, and who made them the guardians of his truth. The name is never applied to a false god, nor to any other being except one, the ANGEL-JEHOVAH who is thereby marked as one with God, and who appears again in the New Covenant as "God manifested in the flesh." Thus much is clear; but all else is beset with difficulties. At a time too early to be traced, the Jews abstained from pronouncing the name, for fear of its irreverent use. The custom is said to have been founded on a strained interpretation of (Leviticus 24:16) and the phrase there used, "THE NAME" (Shema), is substituted by the rabbis for the unutterable word. In reading the Scriptures they substituted for it the word ADONAI (Lord), from the translation of which by Kurios in the LXX., followed by the Vulgate, which uses Dominus, we have the Lord of our version. The substitution of the word Lord is most unhappy, for it in no way represents the meaning of the sacred name. The key to the meaning of the name is unquestionably given in God's revelation of himself to Moses by the phrase "I AM THAT I AM," (Exodus 3:14; 6:3) We must connect the name Jehovah with the Hebrew substantive verb to be, with the inference that it expresses the essential, eternal, unchangeable being of Jehovah. But more, it is not the expression only, or chiefly, of an absolute truth: it is a practical revelation of God, in his essential, unchangeable relation to this chosen people, the basis of his covenant.
Smith's Bible Dictionary (1884) , by William Smith. About
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
God, the God of Israel
God, my God
Elohim, God
waiting for, or beseeching, or hope in, God
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (1869) , by Roswell D. Hitchcock. About
God In its widest sense, the origin and root of all that is. Absolute being may be regarded perhaps as one equivalent expression, but even being itself may be regarded as a condition or attribute, and beyond it we must therefore postulate be-ness. The idea of a root or origin sometimes connotes supreme power and governance; but such conception of a rootless root or infinite origin does not exist, for whatever is, or has been, or ever will be, must ultimately spring from the womb of boundless infinitude, and we can speak only of a power and governance in connection with the subordinate or minor -- however supernal or sublime they may be -- which spring forth from the Boundless in virtually infinite numbers through beginningless and endless duration.
Monotheists recognize but one God, conceived as a supreme personality and usually endowed with attributes pertaining to human personality, this mental image of God therefore being but a reflection of the human mind, with its inherent limitations and biases; yet even monotheists tacitly recognize other gods under the name of natural forces. Polytheism recognizes hierarchies of divine beings, and pantheism discerns divine power as everywhere and eternally present. The human being also in essence is a divinity. The attribution of personality to God is justly regarded as an inadmissible limitation; but there is a lack of clearness as to the meaning of such words as personality, self, and individuality, which unfortunately leads some monotheistic minds to the fear that the denial of personality will reduce the conception of divinity to merely an empty abstraction.
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Deity or God. Intelligence and will superior to the human, forming the intelligent and vital governing essence of the universe, whether this universe be large or small. The principal views as to the nature of deity may be classed as
1) pantheistic,
2) polytheistic,
3) henotheistic, and
4) monotheistic.
Pantheism, which views the divine as immanent in all nature and yet transcendent in its higher parts, is characteristic of certain Occidental philosophical systems and of all Oriental systems. Polytheism implies the recognition of an indefinite number of deific powers in the universe, the plural manifestations of the ever immanent, ever perduring, and manifest-unmanifest One. Polytheism is thus a logical development of pantheism. Henotheism is the belief in one god, but not the exclusion of others, such as is found in the Jewish scriptures, where the ancient Hebrews frankly worshiped a tribal deity and fully recognized the existence of other tribal deities. Monotheism is the belief in only one god, as is found in Christianity and Islam. These religions, in inheriting the Jewish tradition, have confounded this merely personal and local conception with the First Cause of the universe, which in theosophy would be called the formative cosmic Third Logos, thus producing an inconsistent idea of a God who is both infinite, delimited, and personal in character, with an intuition, however, of the necessarily impersonal cosmic intelligent root of all.
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God(s) and Goddess(es) A generalizing term signifying all self-conscious entities superior to humankind, most often restricted to the three dhyani-chohanic kingdoms. The gods have differing places in nature's hierarchical scheme, running through innumerable grades of cosmic intelligences. Theosophy teaches that human beings who successfully reach the seventh round on this earth chain will pass, at the conclusion of this last round, into the kingdom superior to the human, that of the lowest dhyani-chohans.
One function of dhyani-chohans (gods or demigods of a lower type) is the watching over of all hierarchies below them, some being guardians of the human host, others guarding and protecting the less evolved kingdoms. The higher hierarchical ranges of gods or divinities in our universe "are Entities of the higher worlds in the hierarchy of Being, so immeasurably high that, to us, they must appear as Gods, and collectively -- God. . . . To the highest, we are taught, belong the seven orders of the purely divine Spirits; to the six lower ones belong hierarchies that can occasionally be seen and heard by men, and who do communicate with their progeny of the Earth; which progeny is indissoluble linked with them, each principle in man having its direct source in the nature of those great Beings, who furnish us with the respective invisible elements in us" (SD 1:133).
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Armin Zoroastrian terms
see Ahura Mazda.
Official Christianity Glossary for Introduction to Religion
For the Christian understanding of God, see Trinity.
Official Judaism Glossary
In the Hebrew Bible, there are two terms for God, namely, Yahweh and Elohim. Yahweh is God's name, while Elohim is usually translated as "Lord," a title. During the Temple Period, it was forbidden to speak God's name. In later times, Jews decided not even to write it, usually writing instead "The Name" or "Adonai," which is Aramaic for "My Lord."
Official Islam Glossary for Introduction to Religion
See Allah .