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A postulated supernatural entity, a deity (from Latin, deus, "god"), or god, is usually, but not always, of significant power, worshipped, held in high regard, or respected by humans. Traditionally, most gods have been assumed to possess intellects, desires, and emotions much like the human beings who believe in them. They have been posited as the causes of natural phenomena (such as lightning and floods), as the authorities or controllers behind every aspect of human life (such as birth or the afterlife), and as the directors of time and fate itself. They may even be responsible for the existence of the Earth or the universe. Traditionally, most gods have been anthropomorphic in nature.

In the English language, the common noun "god" is derived from the proper noun "God," the name used (originally) for the monotheistic deity (also referred to as "the Deity").

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