Theodicy meaning

thē-ŏdĭ-sē
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A theological argument or doctrine that seeks to explain how the existence of evil in the world can be reconciled with the justice and goodness of God.
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A justification of a deity, or the attributes of a deity, especially in regard to the existence of evil and suffering in the world; a work or discourse justifying the ways of God.
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A vindication of God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil.
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Origin of theodicy

  • After Essai de théodicée , a work by Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz Greek theo- theo- Greek dikē order, right deik- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the French théodicée, from the Ancient Greek θεός (theos, “god") + δίκη (dikÄ“, “justice").

    From Wiktionary