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theodicy (plural theodicies)
- A justification of a deity, or the attributes of a deity, especially in regard to the existence of evil and suffering in the world; a work or discourse justifying the ways of God.
2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason, Penguin 2004, page 388:
- God was now nothing more than a distant cause of causes; what mattered was matter, and man acting in nature. The theodicy, the master-narrative, had become secularized.
a justification of a deity