Dod vs. God - What's the difference?


In monotheistic thought, God is conceived of as the supreme being, creator deity, and principal object of faith. The concept of God, as described by theologians, commonly includes the attributes of omniscience (all-knowing), omnipotence (all-powerful), omnipresence (all-present), and as having an eternal and necessary existence. Depending on one’s kind of theism, these attributes are used either in way of analogy, or in a literal sense as distinct properties. God is most often held to be incorporeal (immaterial). Incorporeality and corporeality of God are related to conceptions of transcendence (being outside nature) and immanence (being in nature) of God, with positions of synthesis such as the "immanent transcendence". Psychoanalyst Carl Jung equated religious ideas of God with transcendental aspects of consciousness in his interpretation.Some religions describe God without reference to gender, while others or their translations use sex-specific terminology. Judaism attributes only a grammatical gender to God, using terms such as "Him" or "Father" for convenience.God has been conceived as either personal or impersonal. In theism, God is the creator and sustainer of the universe, while in deism, God is the creator, but not the sustainer, of the universe. In pantheism, God is the universe itself. In atheism, there is an absence of belief in God. In agnosticism, the existence of God is deemed unknown or unknowable. God has also been conceived as the source of all moral obligation, and the "greatest conceivable existent". Many notable philosophers have developed arguments for and against the existence of God.Monotheists refer to their gods using names prescribed by their respective religions, with some of these names referring to certain cultural ideas about their god's identity and attributes. In the ancient Egyptian era of Atenism, possibly the earliest recorded monotheistic religion, this deity was called Aten, premised on being the one "true" Supreme Being and creator of the universe. In the Hebrew Bible and Judaism, "The Existing One", "I Am that I Am" and its initials, the tetragrammaton YHWH (Hebrew: יהוה‎, "I am who I am") are used as names of God. Yahweh and Jehovah are used in Christianity as vocalizations of YHWH. In the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, God, coexisting in three "persons", is called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the Hebrew Tanakh, God is referred to as Elohim or Adonai, in addition to other names. In Islam, the name Allah is used, while Muslims also have a multitude of titular names for God. In Hinduism, Brahman is often considered a monistic concept of God. In Chinese religion, Shangdi is conceived as the progenitor (first ancestor) of the universe, intrinsic to it and constantly bringing order to it. Other religions have names for the concept, for instance, Baha in the Bahá'í Faith, Waheguru in Sikhism, and Ahura Mazda in Zoroastrianism.The many different conceptions of God, and competing claims as to God's characteristics, aims, and actions, have led to the development of ideas of omnitheism, pandeism, or a perennial philosophy, which postulates that there is one underlying theological truth, of which all religions express a partial understanding, and as to which "the devout in the various great world religions are in fact worshipping that one God, but through different, overlapping concepts".

Dod vs. God


Table of contents

1. Pronunciation
          2.1. Noun
          3.1. Noun
          4.1. Alternative forms
          4.2. Verb


1. Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /dɑd/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɒd/
  • Rhymes: -ɒd

2. Etymology 1

From Irish dod (sullenness, anger).

2.1. Noun

dod (plural dods)

  1. (Ulster) sulk, huff

3. Etymology 2

From Scots daud (large piece).

3.1. Noun

dod (plural dods)

  1. (Ireland) lump

4. Etymology 3

From Middle English dodden.

4.1. Alternative forms

  • dodd

4.2. Verb

dod (third-person singular simple present dods, present participle dodding, simple past and past participle dodded)

  1. (transitive) to cut off, as wool from sheep's tails; to lop or clip off
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

5. Anagrams

  • -odd, DDO, ODD, odd


1. Alternative forms

  • gawd
  • Gawd
  • God

2. Etymology

From Middle English god, from Old English god (deity), originally neuter, then changed to masculine to reflect the change in religion to Christianity, from Proto-Germanic *gudą, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰutós (invoked (one)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰewH- (to call, to invoke) or *ǵʰew- (to pour). Not related to the word good.

3. Pronunciation

  • (General New Zealand, General Australian, UK) IPA(key): /ɡɒd/
  • (Scotland) IPA(key): /ɡɔd/
  • (US, Canada, Ireland) IPA(key): /ɡɑd/
  • enPR: gŏd
  • Rhymes: -ɒd

4. Noun

god (plural gods)

  1. A deity or supreme being; a supernatural, typically immortal, being with superior powers.
    The most frequently used name for the Islamic god is Allah.
    • 2002, Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby:
      When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love.
  2. Alternative letter-case form of God.
  3. An idol.
    1. A representation of a deity, especially a statue or statuette.
    2. Something or someone particularly revered, worshipped, idealized, admired and/or followed.
      • Bible, Phil. iii. 19
        whose god is their belly
  4. (figuratively) A person in a high position of authority, importance or influence.
  5. (figuratively) A powerful ruler or tyrant.
  6. (colloquial) An exceedingly handsome man.
    Lounging on the beach were several Greek gods.
    • Wilfred Owen, Disabled (poem)
      Someone had said he'd look a god in kilts.
  7. (Internet) The person who owns and runs a multi-user dungeon.
    • 1996, Andy Eddy, Internet after hours
      The gods usually have several wizards, or "immortals," to assist them in building the MUD.
    • 2003, David Lojek, Emote to the Max (page 11)
      The wizzes are only the junior grade of the MUD illuminati. The people who attain the senior grade of MUD freemasonry by starting their own MUD, with all due hubris, are known as gods.

4.1. Usage notes

The word god is often applied both to males and to females. The word was originally neuter in Proto-Germanic; monotheistic – notably Judeo-Christian – usage completely shifted the gender to masculine, necessitating the development of a feminine form, goddess.

4.2. Synonyms

  • (supernatural being with superior powers): See Thesaurus:god

4.3. Translations

See god/translations § Noun.

5. Proper noun


  1. (very rare) Alternative form of God
    • 1530, William Tyndall, An aunſwere vnto Syr Thomas Mores Dialogue in The whole workes of W. Tyndall, Iohn Frith, and Doct. Barnes, three worthy Martyrs, and principall teachers of this Churche of England, collected and compiled in one Tome togither, beyng before ſcattered, & now in Print here exhibited to the Church (1573), page 271/2:
      And ſuch is to beare yͤ names of god with croſſes betwene ech name about them.
    • 1900, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, "The Happy Man" in The Wild Knight and Other Poems:
      Golgotha's ghastly trinity—
      Three persons and one god.

6. Verb

god (third-person singular simple present gods, present participle godding, simple past and past participle godded)

  1. To idolize.
    • a. 1866, Edward Bulwer Lytton, "Death and Sisyphus".
      To men the first necessity is gods; / And if the gods were not, / " Man would invent them, tho' they godded stones.
    • 2001, Conrad C. Fink, Sportswriting: The Lively Game, page 78
      "Godded him up" ... It's the fear of discerning journalists: Does coverage of athletic stars, on field and off, approach beatification of the living?
  2. To deify.
    • 1595, Edmund Spenser, Colin Clouts Come Home Againe.
      Then got he bow and fhafts of gold and lead, / In which fo fell and puiflant he grew, / That Jove himfelfe his powre began to dread, / And, taking up to heaven, him godded new.
    • 1951, Eric Voegelin, Dante Germino ed., The New Science of Politics: An Introduction (1987), page 125
      The superman marks the end of a road on which we find such figures as the "godded man" of English Reformation mystics
    • 1956, C. S. Lewis, Fritz Eichenberg, Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, page 241
      "She is so lately godded that she is still a rather poor goddess, Stranger.

7. References

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

8. Anagrams

  • DOG, Dog, dog

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