- od (archaic, regional, euphemistic)
From Middle English God. See god.
- (UK) enPR: gŏd, IPA(key): /ɡɒd/, /ɡɔːd/
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- (AAVE) IPA(key): /ɡɑ(d)/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɡɑd/
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- Rhymes: -ɒd
- Homophone: gaud (in accents with the father-bother merger)
God (usually uncountable, plural Gods)
- The single deity of various monotheistic religions, especially the deity of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, 1 John 4:8:
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, 1 John 4:16:
- 1741, [Samuel Richardson], Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded. […], 3rd edition, volume II, London: […] C[harles] Rivington, […]; and J. Osborn, […], →OCLC, page 388:
- ...God, the All-gracious, the All-good, the All-bountiful, the All-mighty, the All-merciful God...
- 1911, Katharine Harris Bradley as Michael Field, Accuser, page 158:
- The Muéddin: God is great, there is no God but God.
- 1971 [November 22, 1963], Johnson, Lyndon, “The Beginning”, in The Vantage Point, Holt, Reinhart & Winston, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 17:
- This is a sad time for all people. We have suffered a loss that cannot be weighed. For me, it is a deep personal tragedy. I know that the world shares the sorrow that Mrs. Kennedy and her family bear. I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help — and God's.
- Paragraph 73, R v Brenton Harrison Tarrant (Sentencing remarks) ( NZHC 2192)
- He (n.b.: a Muslim) has told me that he will not allow one person’s actions to stop him from praying to his God.
- 2011, Steve Urick, Practical Christian Living, →ISBN, page 214:
- All this will culminate in a final showdown in Israel between the true Lord (Jehovah) God of Israel and the false god (Allah) of Mecca (the center of pagan idolatry in Arabia, at the Kaaba*) [...]
[* denotes a note explaining what the Kaaba is.]
- Dawn believes in God, but Willow believes in multiple gods and goddesses.
- (Christianity) God the Father, the fountainhead and coeternal hypostasis (person) of the Trinity described in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament as the father of Jesus.
- 1899, The Sunday School Journal, page 378:
- God sent Jesus to earth to be the King of the Jews; that is, the one to tell them what they should do. […] I will tell you why God let Jesus die upon the cross.
- (Christianity, often poetic) God the Son, the begotten and coeternal hypostasis of the Trinity, incarnated as Jesus Christ, of one essence with the Father and Holy Spirit.
- Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
- The single male deity of various bitheistic or duotheistic religions.
- 2001, Timothy Freke; Peter Gandy, Jesus and the Lost Goddess, page 133:
- The ancients represented this fundamental duality mythologically as God and Goddess. When Mystery looks at itself, God looks at Goddess.
- 2005, Nikki Bado-Fralick, Coming to the Edge of the Circle, page 45:
- This reduces the successful invocation of God to a function of the presence of male genitalia. Put another way, women have the wrong equipment to invoke God.
Goddess and God flow throughout all of nature, through each and every man and woman, becoming fully present in the world.
- 2006, Ronald L. Clark, The Grace of Being, page 22:
- God and Goddess watched as the finite universe continued to develop into a stable platform to sustain finite life and were pleased.
The word "God" is capitalized in reference to the Abrahamic deity of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths almost without exception, even when preceded by various qualifiers. The term is frequently, but not always, capitalized in vaguer deistic references to a single deity as well.
Monotheistic Gods are traditionally referenced in English with masculine pronouns and (when depicted) anthropomorphized in the form of adult men, but also traditionally held by theologians to be beyond human sex or gender. Like other languages employing Latin script, English pronouns referring to a God traditionally begin with a capital letter as a sign of respect: He, Him, His, and Himself in the third person and Thee, Thy, Thine, Thyself or You, Your, and Yourself in direct address. However, this use is not universal and the King James Version of the Bible (as well as other modern translations) employs standard uncapitalized pronouns. See also: LORD.
Some Jews consider the English word "God" to fall under the Hebrew khumra concerning the avoidance of blasphemy, preferring to use the form G-d or alternatives such as Hashem, Lord, etc.
According to those branches of Christianity which follow the Nicene Creed (e.g. Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, most Protestant sects), God and the Holy Trinity are one and the same, with three distinct persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all God, but none of the three are one or both of the other persons.
- See Thesaurus:god
- act of God
- dear God
- God be with the days
- God committee
- God hypothesis
- God of the gaps
- God particle
- God preserve us
- God's acre
- God's algorithm
- God's bones
- God's country
- God's gift to men
- God's gift to women
- God's green earth
- God's honest truth
- God's in his Heaven
- God's mercy
- God's number
- God squad
- God's word
- God the Father
- God the Holy Spirit
- God the Son
- God willing
- good God
- in God we trust
- Mother of God
- oh my God, OMG
- put the fear of God into
- rub the fear of God into
- thank God
- thanks be to God
- the Master of God and human
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God (plural Gods)
- A being such as a monotheistic God: a single divine creator and ruler of the universe.
- 1563, Barnabe Googe, Eglogs, Epytaphes, and Sonettes, sig. Cviiiv:
- 1911, Katharine Harris Bradley as Michael Field, Accuser, p. 158:
- The Muéddin: God is great, there is no God but God.
- 1960 April 25, advertisement in Life, p. 125:
- Perhaps this... must involve a relationship with a God of truth—and of love, of mercy, of justice.
- 2009, Nick Cave, The Death of Bunny Munro, page 68:
- Whoever said that there isn't a God is full of shit!
- Short for oh God: expressing annoyance or frustration.
- God, is this because of the "I don't love you anymore" T-shirt I bought? It was a joke!
- 2012, BioWare, Mass Effect 3 (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →OCLC, PC, scene: Citadel (Priority: Earth):
- Admiral Anderson: God... feels like years since I just sat down.
- “god, n. and int.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- God, neem me mee naar een plek hier ver vandaan. -- Kempi & Willy - Hier Ver Vandaan 2009 
- Oh, mijn God
- Oh my god
- 1934, Martinus Nijhoff, “De moeder de vrouw”, in Nieuwe gedichten [New poems]; reprinted in W.J. van den Akker en G.J. Dorleijn, editors, Verzamelde gedichten [Collected poems], Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Bert Bakker, 2001, →ISBN, page 232:
- Zij was alleen aan dek, zij stond bij 't roer, / en wat zij zong hoorde ik dat psalmen waren. / O, dacht ik, o, dat daar mijn moeder voer. / Prijs God, zong zij, Zijn hand zal u bewaren.
- She was alone on deck, she was at the helm, / and what she sang, I heard, were psalms. / Oh, I thought, oh, were it that my mother sailed there. / Praise God, she sang, His hand will preserve you.
(See also the derived terms at god.)
- Skepi Creole Dutch: Godt
- Alternative form of god
- Alternative form of god
- Ġif God nǣre, þonne sċolde man hine āþenċan.
- If God didn't exist, we would have to invent him.
- Hwæt wāt iċ be Gode and be līfes andġiete? Iċ wāt þæt þēos weorold is.
- What do I know about God and the meaning of life? I know that this world exists.
From Old Frisian god, from Proto-West Germanic *god. Cognates include West Frisian god and German Gott.
God m (plural Gode)
- Piet Kramer (1961), “God”, in Seelter Woudebouk (Paat Seeltersk-Düütsk), Leeuwarden
- Marron C. Fort (2015), “God”, in Saterfriesisches Wörterbuch mit einer phonologischen und grammatischen Übersicht, Buske, →ISBN
From Old English god.
- God (Abrahamic monotheistic deity)
- 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Port Moresby: Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Jenesis 1:2:
- Tudak i karamapim bikpela wara na spirit bilong God i go i kam antap long en.
- Alternative form of gud
- 1867, “A YOLA ZONG”, in SONGS, ETC. IN THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY, number 14:
- Zo bless all oore frends, an God zpeed ee plowe.
- So bless all our friends, and God speed the plough.
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 90
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