Dictionary: DE'I-FORM – DE-JECT'URE

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DE'I-FORM, a. [L. deus, a god, and forma, form.]

Like a god; of a godlike form. These souls exhibit a deiform power. – Trans. of Pausanias.

DE'I-FY, v.t. [L. deus, a god, and facio, to make.]

  1. To make a god; to exalt to the rank of a heathen deity; to enroll among the deities; as, Julius Cesar was deified.
  2. To exalt into an object of worship; to treat as an object of supreme regard; as, a covetous man deifies his treasures. – Prior.
  3. To exalt to a deity in estimation; to reverence or praise as a deity. The Pope was formerly extolled and deified by his votaries.

DE'I-FY-ING, ppr.

Exalting to the rank of a deity; treating as divine.

DEIGN, v.i. [dane; Fr. daigner; It. degnare; Sp. dignarse; Port. Id.; L. dignor, from dignus, worthy.]

To think worthy; to vouchsafe; to condescend. O deign to visit our forsaken seats. – Pope.

DEIGN, v.t. [dane.]

To grant or allow; to condescend to give to. Nor would we deign him burial of his men. – Shak.


Granted; condescended.

DEIGN'ING, ppr. [da'ning.]

Vouchsafing; thinking worthy.

DEI-NO-THE'RI-UM, n. [Gr. δεινος, terrible, and θηριον a wild beast.]

The fossil remains of gigantic Pachyderms, remarkable for enormous tusks projecting from the lower jaw.


To disintegrate. [Not used. See Disintegrate.]

DE-IP'A-ROUS, a. [L. deiparus.]

Bearing or bringing forth a god; an epithet applied to the Virgin Mary.

DE-IP-NOS'O-PHIST, n. [Gr. δειπνον, a feast, and σοφιςης, a sophist.]

One of an ancient sect of philosophers, who were famous for their learned conversation at meals. – Ash. Observer.

DE'ISM, n. [Fr. deisme; Sp. deismo; It. id.; from L. Deus, God.]

The doctrine or creed of a deist; the belief or system of religious opinions of those who acknowledge the existence of one God, but deny revelation: or deism is the belief in natural religion only, or those truths, in doctrine and practice, which man is to discover by the light of reason, independent and exclusive of any revelation from God. Hence deism implies infidelity or a disbelief in the divine origin of the Scriptures. The view which the rising greatness of our country presents to my eyes, is greatly tarnished by the general prevalence of deism, which, with me, is but another name for vice and depravity. – P. Henry, Wirt's Sketches.

DE'IST, n. [Fr. deiste; It. deista.]

One who believes in the existence of a God, but denies revealed religion; one who professes no form of religion, but follows the light of nature and reason, as his only guides in doctrine and practice; a freethinker.


Pertaining to deism or to deists; embracing deism, as a deistical writer; or containing deism, as a deistical book.

DE'I-TY, n. [Fr. déité; It. deità; Sp. deidad; L. deitas, from deus, Gr. θεος, God; W. duw; Ir. dia; Arm. doue; Fr. dieu; It. dio, iddio; Sp. dios; Port. deos; Gypsy, dewe, dewel; Sans. deva. The latter orthography coincides with the Gr. διος, ζευς, Jupiter, and L. divus, a god, and dium, the open air, or light. So in W. dyw, is day; Hindoo, diw; Gypsy, diwes, day. Qu. Chinese T. The word is probably contracted from dg, and may coincide with day, Sax. dæg, the primary sense of which is to open, expand, or to shoot forth, as the morning light. But the precise primary meaning is not certain.]

  1. Godhead; divinity; the nature and essence of the Supreme Being; as, the deity of the Supreme Being is manifest in his works.
  2. God; the Supreme Being, or infinite self-existing Spirit.
  3. A fabulous god or goddess; a superior being supposed, by heathen nations, to exist, and to preside over particular departments of nature; as, Jupiter, Juno, Apollo, Diana, &c.
  4. The supposed divinity or divine qualities of a pagan god. – Spenser. Ralegh.

DE-JECT', a. [L. dejectus, from dejicio.]

Cast down; low-spirited. – Shak.

DE-JECT', v.t. [L. dejicio; de and jacio, to throw.]

  1. To cast down; usually, to cast down the countenance; to cause to fall with grief; to make to look sad or grieved, or to express discouragement. But gloomy were his eyes, dejected was his face. – Dryden.
  2. To depress the spirits; to sink; to dispirit; to discourage; to dishearten. Nor think to die dejects my lofty mind. – Pope.


Cast down; depressed; grieved; discouraged.


In a dejected manner; sadly; heavily. – Bacon.


The state of being cast down; lowness of spirits.


Casting down; depressing; dispiriting.


  1. A casting down; depression of mind; melancholy; lowness of spirits, occasioned by grief or misfortune. – Milton.
  2. Weakness; as, dejection of appetite. [Unusual.] – Arbuthnot.
  3. The act of voiding the excrements; or the matter ejected. – Ray.

DE-JECT'LY, adv.

In a downcast manner.


Having power or tending to cast down, or to promote evacuations by stool. Ferrand.


That which is ejected; excrements. – Arbuthnot.