Words related to God

godfather (n.)
man who sponsors one at baptism and guarantees the child's religious education, late 12c., from God + father (n.), modifying or replacing Old English godfaeder. In the Mafia sense from 1963 in English; popularized by Mario Puzo's novel (1969) and the movie based on it (1972).
God-fearing (adj.)
"reverencing and obeying God," 1759, from God + fearing, present-participle adjective from fear (v.). Old English in the same sense had godfyrht.
godforsaken (adj.)
also god-forsaken, God-forsaken, "forlorn, desolate, miserable," 1816, from God + forsaken.

masc. proper name, from Old French Godefrei (Modern French Godefroi), from Old High German Godafrid (German Gottfried), literally "the peace of God," from Old High German got "God" (see god) + fridu "peace" (from Proto-Germanic *frithu- "peace," from suffixed form of PIE root *pri- "to love"). In early 20c., the name sometimes was used as a slang euphemism for "God."

godhead (n.)
c. 1200, "divine nature, deity, divinity," from god + Middle English -hede (see -head). Along with maidenhead, the sole survival of this form of the suffix. Old English had godhad "divine nature." Parallel form godhood is from early 13c., now chiefly restricted to "state or condition of being a god."
Godism (n.)
contemptuous term for "belief in God," 1891, from God + -ism.
godless (adj.)
1520s, from God + -less. Similar formation in Dutch goddeloos, German gottlos, Swedish gudlös, Gothic gudalaus. Related: Godlessness. Phrase godless communism attested by 1851; The Godless (Russian bezbozhnik) was the name of an organization for the suppression of religion in the Soviet Union.
godlike (adj.)
1510s, from god + like (adj.). Absent in Middle English; Old English had godlic "godlike, divine."
godly (adj.)
late 14c., from god + -ly (1). Perhaps earlier, but due to identical spelling in Middle English it is difficult to distinguish from goodly. Related: Godlily.
godmother (n.)
woman who sponsors one at baptism, late 13c., from God + mother (n.1); modifying or replacing Old English godmodor.

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