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accredit
v. To authorize; to certify; to believe.
When the Red Cross ACCREDITS a lifeguard, it certifies that the person has successfully completed a course in water safety.
credence
n. Belief; acceptance as true.
In the folk tale "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," the boy has raised so many false alarms that no one gives CREDENCE to his cries when a wolf really does appear.
creditable
adj. Deserving praise.
The soloist's CREDITABLE performance earned her a glowing review from the notoriously harsh critic.
credulous
adj. Believing too easily; gullible.
Tom Sawyer hoodwinks his CREDULOUS Aunt Polly by offering fantastic excuses for his mischievous adventures.
creed
n. A statement of belief or principle.
In praise of the Mayflower pilgrims, Helen Hunt Jackson wrote," Find me the men on earth who care / Enough for faith or CREED today / To seek a barren wilderness / For simple liberty to pray."
deify
v. To make a god of.
In order to DEIFY themselves and thus gain political power, Egyptian pharaohs claimed descent from Horus, the sun god.
deity
n. A god or goddess.
Astarte, the Phoenician DEITY of love and beauty, bears many similarities to the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the Roman goddess Venus.
divine
v. 1. To foretell by supernatural means.
2. To know by intuition or insight.
1. In some cultures, people seek to cure disease by consulting a shaman, a healer who enters the spirit world to DIVINE the cause of illness.
2. Without a word my friend DIVINED my distress.
divinity
n. 1. A god or goddess; a divine being.
2. The state of being divine.
3. The study of Christian theology.
1. The Hindu DIVINITY Durga is a warrior goddess who, like the Greek goddess Athena, was born fully grown and armed.
2. The DIVINITY of the Inca kings of ancient South America, who were worshiped as descendants of the sun god, represented the sacredness of the state.
3. "A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and DIVINITY, that ever were written."
apotheosis
n. 1. Making a god of something; deification.
2. A glorified ideal; an essence.
theocracy
n. Government by divine power or priests.
theology
n. The study of religion.
atheist
n. A person who believes there is no god.
pantheism
n. Identifying god with nature; belief in all gods.
pantheon
n. All the gods of a people or religion.
consecrate
v. 1. To make or declare something sacred.
2. To dedicate something to a goal.
execrate
v. To denounce as vile or evil; to curse; to detest.
sacrament
n. Something considered to have a sacred significance.
sacrilege
n. Disrespect to something regarded as sacred.
sacrosanct
adj. Sacred (often used ironically).
sanctimonious
adj. Pretending to be righteous.
sanction
n. 1. Approval; support; permission.
2. (usually plural) A penalty for breaking with law or custom.
v. To approve; to encourage.
sanctity
n. Godliness; holiness.
sanctuary
n. A sacred place; any place of refuge.
hierarchy
n. A group organized by rank.
hieroglyphic
adj. 1. Written with pictures to represent sounds or meanings of words.
2. Hard to read.
expiate
tr. v. To make amends for; to atone for.
piety
n. Religious devotion; great respect toward something, especially parents.
impious
adj. Sacrilegious; profane; lacking appropriate reverence or respect.
pittance
n. A meager portion of anything, especially an allowance or salary.