act of god

act of God
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [akt uhv, ov god]
    • /ækt ʌv, ɒv gɒd/
    • /ækt əv ɡɒd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [akt uhv, ov god]
    • /ækt ʌv, ɒv gɒd/

Definitions of act of god words

  • countable noun act of god An act of God is an event that is beyond human control, especially one in which something is damaged or someone is hurt. 3
  • noun act of god a sudden and inevitable occurrence caused by natural forces and not by the agency of man, such as a flood, earthquake, or a similar catastrophe 3
  • noun act of god an occurrence, esp. a disaster, that is due entirely to the forces of nature and that could not reasonably have been prevented 3
  • noun act of god An act of God is an accident or event that happens due to natural causes, such as a storm, earthquake, etc. 3
  • noun act of god a direct, sudden, and irresistible action of natural forces such as could not reasonably have been foreseen or prevented, as a flood, hurricane, earthquake, or other natural catastrophe. 1
  • noun act of god natural disaster 1

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Origin of act of god

First appearance:

before 1855
One of the 30% newest English words
First recorded in 1855-60

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Parts of speech for Act of god


act of god popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 29% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data about 75% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for act of god

noun act of god

  • accident — An accident happens when a vehicle hits a person, an object, or another vehicle, causing injury or damage.
  • earthquake — something that is severely disruptive; upheaval.
  • force majeure — an unexpected and disruptive event that may operate to excuse a party from a contract.
  • hurricane — a violent, tropical, cyclonic storm of the western North Atlantic, having wind speeds of or in excess of 72 miles per hour (32 m/sec). Compare tropical cyclone, typhoon.
  • marvel — something that causes wonder, admiration, or astonishment; a wonderful thing; a wonder or prodigy: The new bridge is an engineering marvel.

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