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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ His amazement can be imagined when there appeared be-fore him the wondrous forms of the three great goddesses.
▪ The west welcomed the great universal goddess as a phenomenon neither alien nor imposed from without.
▪ We have traced her history from the great goddesses of the pre-patriarchal period, especially Inanna and her handmaiden, Lilith.
▪ The great goddess Nemesis, which means righteous anger, undertook to bring this about.
▪ But when Meryl Streep tumbled off a plane at Heathrow yesterday, the screen goddess looked every inch a mortal.
▪ I talked to him the way Bhairon had sung to his goddess.
▪ It is a short deductive step to equate the pillar with the goddess Potnia or the Mistress of Animals.
▪ Lee lifted herself a little towards her goddess and rested herself on one elbow, looking up like a child, expectant.
▪ Then come the seated goddesses Demeter and Kore, and the fine upstanding figure of Artemis the hunter.
▪ Was she to be regarded as a ghost, a courtesan, lost lamb, misunderstood goddess?
▪ We also learn that the interdependence of gods and goddesses extends to mortals.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Goddess \God"dess\, n.

  1. A female god; a divinity, or deity, of the female sex.

    When the daughter of Jupiter presented herself among a crowd of goddesses, she was distinguished by her graceful stature and superior beauty.

  2. A woman of superior charms or excellence.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., from god + fem. suffix -esse (see -ess). Of mortal women, by 1570s.


n. 1 (context religion English) A female deity. 2 (context figuratively English) A human female honored or adored as physically attractive or of superior charm and intelligence.


n. a female deity


A goddess is a female deity in polytheistic religions. Goddesses most often have feminine characteristics that are apotheosized in their pure form. However, in some cases goddesses may embody neutral forms personifying both male and female characteristics (like Sophia), or they may even exhibit traits that are traditionally associated with the male gender (for example, Artemis). Goddesses have been especially linked with virtues such as beauty, love, motherhood and fertility ( Mother-goddess cult in prehistoric times), but because of their flexibility in gender portrayal, they have also been associated with ideas such as war, creation, and death.

In some faiths, a sacred female figure holds a central place in religious prayer and worship. For example, Shaktism, the worship of the female force that animates the world, is one of the three major sects of Hinduism. In Tibetan Buddhism, the highest advancement any person can achieve is to become like the great female Buddhas (e.g. Arya Tara), who are depicted as supreme protectors, fearless and filled with compassion for all beings.

The primacy of a monotheistic or near-monotheistic "Great Goddess" is advocated by some modern matriarchists as a female version of, preceding, or analogue to, the Abrahamic God associated with the historical rise of monotheism in the Mediterranean Axis Age.

Polytheist religions, including Polytheistic reconstructionists, honour multiple goddesses and gods, and usually view them as discrete, separate beings. These deities may be part of a pantheon, or different regions may have tutelary deities. The reconstructionists, like their ancient forbears, honour the deities particular to their country of origin.

Goddess (comics)
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Goddess (disambiguation)

A goddess is a female deity.

Goddess may also refer to:

Goddess (Emm Gryner album)

Goddess is the eleventh studio album by Emm Gryner, released in February 2009 on Dead Daisy Records in Canada and Second Motion Records in the United States.

Goddess (2013 film)

Goddess is a 2013 Australian romantic comedy film, directed by Mark Lamprell. The film stars singer Ronan Keating, Laura Michelle Kelly and Magda Szubanski.

Goddess (band)

Goddess was a Dutch Eurodance act by producers Rob and Ferdi Bolland, fronted by singer Elvira Valentine. They are best known for the 1992 hit single "Sexual".

Goddess (Banks album)

Goddess is the debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Banks, released on September 5, 2014 by Harvest Records. It includes all four tracks from her second extended play (EP) London (2013), while the deluxe edition includes two tracks from her debut extended play Fall Over (2013). The album spawned four singles: "Warm Water", "Brain", "Drowning", and " Beggin for Thread". A companion remix album, Goddess Remixes, was released digitally on March 23, 2015.

Usage examples of "goddess".

But the constant crowd of adorers who went to worship the goddess, having sounded her exploits rather too loudly, the august Maria-Theresa objected to this new creed being sanctioned in her capital, and the beautfiul actress received an order to quit Vienna forthwith.

Goddess was the lead female of Goddess Pride -- a friend and companion ever since Aganippe was old enough to mix with the lions.

Half-blinded by her own blood, Aganippe could not see what happened, but the rest of Goddess Pride vanished, their snarls dying in the distance.

Taleen had explained, was the Goddess of all women in Alb, in Voth, and indeed in the whole land as far as the Princess knew.

When the decay was gone and the bone fragments fused, she beseeched the goddess to mend the other breaks in his leg and hand.

Goddess Beshet of the Far-Seeing Eye, and the God Anut the Spirit Walker.

Here Art is no benignant goddess, but a Circe who turns her wooers into mewing Toms and Tabbies who linger about the doorsteps of her abode, unmindful of the flying brickbats and boot-jacks of the critics.

In the hungry times before the goddess came he had been generous to Davey and Buglet, with bowls of milk and bits of sun-dried goat meat, and he still liked to share his desert lore and his peyote buttons on fiesta days.

He turned impulsively to Buglet, who looked very grave and pale in her dark robe, more alluring than a goddess.

Each time that the little Bunnell sounder was galvanized into articulate life he bent his ear and listened to the busy cluttering of the dots and dashes, as the reports of races, as the weights and names of jockeys, and lists of entries and statements of odds and conditions went speeding into the busy keys of the big poolroom below, where men and women waited with white and straining faces, and sorrowed and rejoiced as the ever-fluctuant goddess of chance brought them ill luck or success.

I know that you have obeyed my commands which I gave to you before we parted in the bygone years, O my begotten in the goddess.

It was not difficult for him to find this isle as it seemed that, being an initiate of Isis, once in bygone days he had visited it on the business of the goddess.

A demanding goddess, Cailleach required such sacrifices from her worshippers.

When it came I resolved to bid farewell to all my friends and to try my fortune in Lisbon, but such was not the fate which the fickle goddess had assigned to me.

Strolling along the network of hard-packed earthen paths that connected the thatched huts, the Trouts could almost forget that their entourage included a mysterious and beautiful white goddess in a jaguar-skin bikini and a silent escort of six armed Chulo Indians painted the colors of an executive jet.