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god +‎ -ly



godly (comparative godlier or more godly, superlative godliest or most godly)

  1. Of or pertaining to a god
    her godly powers = her superhuman powers
  2. Devoted to a god or God; devout; righteous.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, 2 Corinthians 7:10:
      For godly sorrow worketh repentance.
    • 1809, Jonathan Edwards, The Works of President Edwards:
      If you would know what a man is, whether he be a godly man or not, you must inquire what his God is. If the true God be he whom he respects as his God, [...] he is doubtless a godly man [...] if the man have some other god, something else to which he pays a greater respect than to Jehovah, he is not a godly man ...
  3. Gloriously good.

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godly (comparative more godly, superlative most godly)

  1. In a godly manner; piously; devoutly; righteously.
    All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. — 2. Tim. iii. 12.