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Sep 21, 2010
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emanate
deify
extenuate
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deify or D-F-I

PRONUNCIATION:
(DEE-uh-fy)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To make a god of.
2. To revere or idealize as a deity.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin deificare, from deus (god) + -ficare (to make), from facere (to make). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dyeu- (to shine) that is also the source of diva, divine, Jupiter, Jove, July, Zeus, and Sanskrit deva (god).

USAGE:
"India has given birth to so many reformers of organized religion that one wonders if it is a natural cycle: each of them shows common people the simple but neglected path to a personal faith, but they deify him into a divine status he never wanted, establishing an institution, and the circle begins all over again."
Ananda Lal; Spiritual Cycles; The Telegraph (Calcutta, India); Sep 11, 2010.

See more usage examples of deify in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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