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EtymologyEdit

From god +‎ -ship.

NounEdit

godship (usually uncountable, plural godships)

  1. (humorous, with 'his', 'her', 'your', &c.) A term of address to a deity.
    • 1533, Thomas Heywood, The Play of the Wether, sig. Bii:
      Yf it please your gracyous godshyp.
    • 1994, Dustin Griffin, Satire, p. 86:
      The gods, addressed without ceremony in Juvenal as vos... become ‘Your Godships’.
  2. Synonym of divinity: the state, position, or fact of being a god.
    • 1592, Lancelot Andrewes, Wonderfull Combate, vi, f. 78v:
      Because there was a Godship, a higher degree than hers, she was not content.
    • 2003 August 4, New Yorker, p. 79:
      Emerson's vision of man coming into his godship through the conquest of nature reads suspiciously like an apology for westward expansion.

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