1. A being conceived of as possessing supernatural power, and to be propitiated by sacrifice, worship, etc.; a divinity; a deity; an object of worship; an idol. He maketh a god, and worshipeth it. (Is. Xliv. 15) The race of Israel . . . Bowing lowly down to bestial gods. (Milton)
2. The supreme Being; the eternal and infinite spirit, the Creator, and the sovereign of the universe; Jehovah. God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (john iv. 24)
see act. Gallery gods, the occupants of the highest and cheapest gallery of a theater. Gods acre, gods field, a burial place; a churchyard. See Acre. Gods house. An almshouse. A church. Gods penny, earnest penny. Gods Sunday, Easter.
Origin: as. God; akin to os. & D. God, OHG. Got, g. Gott, Icel. Gu, go, Sw. & dan. Gud, goth. Gup, prob. Orig. A p. P. From a root appearing in Skr. H, p. P. Hta, to call upon, invoke, implore. Cf. Goodbye, Gospel, gossip.