de·i·ty (dēĭ-tē, dā-)
n. pl. de·i·ties
1. A god or goddess.
a. The essential nature or condition of being a god; divinity.
b. Deity God. Used with the.
[Middle English deite, from Old French, from Late Latin deitās, divine nature, from Latin deus, god; see dyeu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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