Origin of deismFrench déisme ; from Classical Latin deus, god
Origin of deismFrench déisme, from Latin deus, god; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.
The word is often capitalized when referring to the rise of such beliefs in 17th and 18th century Europe and America.
- The religious philosophy and movement that became prominent in England, France, and the United States in the 17th and 18th centuries that rejects supernatural events (prophecy, miracles) and divine revelation prominent in organized religion, along with holy books and revealed religions that assert the existence of such things.
- Alternative spelling of deism.
Reference to the 17th and 18th century movement is more frequently capitalized, while reference to the general philosophy or belief is more frequently not capitalized.