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Italian for Gods

I know the singular form of God is Dio, but what is the Italian word for gods?

February 7, 2018

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This dei is not to be mistaken with the articulated preposition dei (i.e. di + i), which can mean either 'of the' (before a masculine plural noun), or 'some' (before a masculine plural noun, acting as a partitive article).
The spelling of both words is identical, but their pronunciation is different:

  • dei ('gods') → /'dɛi/

  • dei ('of the', 'some') → /'dei/

The word for 'gods' can be spelt dèi, to mark the open sound of the 'e' (whence the correct meaning), whenever in a text the readers may mistake it for the other dei.

February 8, 2018

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Goddesses are more regular, dea and dee :)

February 7, 2018
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