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deify

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Definition exalt to the position of a God
  • These young men deify financial success
  • He deified science, then poetry, and then returned to belief in God.
  • the people deified their King
  • If you deny any affinity with another person or kind of person, if you declare it to be wholly different from yourself—as men have done to women, and class has done to class, and nation has done to nation—you may hate it, or deify it; but in either case you have denied its spiritual equality, and its human reality. You have made it into a thing, to which the only possible relationship is a power relationship. And thus you have fatally impoverished your own reality. You have, in fact, alienated yourself.
    Ursula K. LeGuin
  • I realized, too, that such deification was dangerous, the same god-making impulse that had created our tyrant.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Man's subliminal urge to destroy what he could neither subdue nor deify.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • And this reminds me that had the great Sperm Whale been known to the young Orient World, he would have been deified by their child-magian thoughts.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was a sort of admiration at a distance, a mute contemplation, the deification of a stranger.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The Renaissance as the origin of the deification of the state?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • A horrible fancy came into my head that Moreau, after animalising these men, had infected their dwarfed brains with a kind of deification of himself.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • It treats its object as a god, that it may deify both.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • If you are indeed of the First, Sam, your way must lead you either to deification or extinction, when you face these new Masters of Karma.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Men, Women, a Bird, a Crocodile, a Calf, a Dogge, a Snake, an Onion, a Leeke, Deified.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Deified with a Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart for the leg lost to shrapnel.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Stone concludes: "One could in the same city and in the same century worship Zeus as a promiscuous old rake, henpecked and cuckolded by Juno or as Justice deified.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • Deifying itself!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Their discontent, if they were discontented, was with the number of gods; for, after borrowing all the divinities of the earth they proceeded to deify their Caesars, and vote them altars and holy service.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • He is passing away just as surely as the old type of Southern gentleman is passing, and from not dissimilar causes,—the sudden transformation of a fair far-off ideal of Freedom into the hard reality of bread-winning and the consequent deification of Bread.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Thou in thy secresy although alone, Best with thyself accompanied, seekest not Social communication; yet, so pleased, Canst raise thy creature to what highth thou wilt Of union or communion, deified: I, by conversing, cannot these erect From prone; nor in their ways complacence find.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • There is a man haunts the forest that abuses our young plants with carving "Rosalind" on their barks; hangs odes upon hawthorns, and elegies on brambles; all, forsooth, deifying the name of Rosalind: if I could meet that fancy-monger, I would give him some good counsel, for he seems to have the quotidian of love upon him.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It

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