deify deify  /ˈdi ə ˌfaɪ/


  1. (v) consider as a god or godlike
  2. (v) exalt to the position of a God

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  1. If the boys were natural-born fighters, it was clearly in the interests of their band to deify them.
  2. Watson's account, depicting researchers as competitive and spiteful as human helped de-deify scientists and bring cynicism to science writing.
  3. Yet any implication of political maneuvering within the royal circle is incendiary in a nation where many practically deify the throne.


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    Highly Recommended THE FILM: Any documentary which focuses on a famous figure walks a very fine line. On the one hand, there's a desire to deify, to turn the subject into a sacred cow worth praising, not picking apart. After all, why would you concentrate on someone's public tenure only to take them to task for same (unless that's the sole reason for the overview)? Still, there has to be some ...
    on September 16, 2013     Source: DVD Talk


  1. "Let's not deify him," NDP Leader Lorraine Michael told CP.
    on Sep 17, 2007 By: Lorraine Michael Source:

  2. "We should stop labeling them as religious extremists and simply label them, as Bill Clinton did in the case of Tim McVeigh, as criminals and prosecute them as criminals. That way we do not deify them, we don't strengthen them, we don't help them...
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: Thom Hartmann Source: RT

  3. Complex dictatorial rulers like Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great and Stalin have a seductive hold over Russians, Ms. Sobchak said, "because I think authority in our country always strives to deify itself, and generally succeeds."
    on Nov 24, 2009 By: Ksenia Sobchak Source: New York Times

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