Search Result for "act of god":
1. a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events;
- Example: "he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"
[syn: act of God, force majeure, vis major, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
God \God\ (g[o^]d), n. [AS. god; akin to OS. & D. god, OHG. got, G. gott, Icel. gu[eth], go[eth], Sw. & Dan. gud, Goth. gup, prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr. h[=u], p. p. h[=u]ta, to call upon, invoke, implore. [root]30. Cf. Goodbye, Gospel, Gossip.] 1. A being conceived of as possessing supernatural power, and to be propitiated by sacrifice, worship, etc.; a divinity; a deity; an object of worship; an idol. [1913 Webster] He maketh a god, and worshipeth it. --Is. xliv. 15. [1913 Webster] The race of Israel . . . bowing lowly down To bestial gods. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. The Supreme Being; the eternal and infinite Spirit, the Creator, and the Sovereign of the universe; Jehovah. [1913 Webster] God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. --John iv. 24. [1913 Webster] 3. A person or thing deified and honored as the chief good; an object of supreme regard. [1913 Webster] Whose god is their belly. --Phil. iii. 19. [1913 Webster] 4. Figuratively applied to one who wields great or despotic power. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Act of God. (Law) See under Act. Gallery gods, the occupants of the highest and cheapest gallery of a theater. [Colloq.] God's acre, God's field, a burial place; a churchyard. See under Acre. God's house. (a) An almshouse. [Obs.] (b) A church. God's penny, earnest penny. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. God's Sunday, Easter. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Act \Act\ ([a^]kt), n. [L. actus, fr. agere to drive, do: cf. F. acte. See Agent.] 1. That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed. [1913 Webster] That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] Hence, in specific uses: (a) The result of public deliberation; the decision or determination of a legislative body, council, court of justice, etc.; a decree, edit, law, judgment, resolve, award; as, an act of Parliament, or of Congress. (b) A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done. --Abbott. (c) A performance of part of a play; one of the principal divisions of a play or dramatic work in which a certain definite part of the action is completed. (d) A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student. [1913 Webster] 2. A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The seeds of plants are not at first in act, but in possibility, what they afterward grow to be. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 3. Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing). "In act to shoot." --Dryden. [1913 Webster] This woman was taken . . . in the very act. --John viii. 4. [1913 Webster] Act of attainder. (Law) See Attainder. Act of bankruptcy (Law), an act of a debtor which renders him liable to be adjudged a bankrupt. Act of faith. (Ch. Hist.) See Auto-da-F['e]. Act of God (Law), an inevitable accident; such extraordinary interruption of the usual course of events as is not to be looked for in advance, and against which ordinary prudence could not guard. Act of grace, an expression often used to designate an act declaring pardon or amnesty to numerous offenders, as at the beginning of a new reign. Act of indemnity, a statute passed for the protection of those who have committed some illegal act subjecting them to penalties. --Abbott. Act in pais, a thing done out of court (anciently, in the country), and not a matter of record. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Action. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
act of God n 1: a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events; "he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God" [syn: act of God, force majeure, vis major, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "act of God": certainty, fate, fatefulness, force majeure, indefeasibility, ineluctability, inescapableness, inevasibleness, inevitability, inevitable accident, inevitableness, inexorability, inflexibility, irrevocability, necessity, predetermination, relentlessness, sureness, unavoidable casualty, unavoidableness, uncontrollability, undeflectability, unpreventability, unyieldingness, vis majorBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
ACT OF GOD, in contracts. This phrase denotes those accidents which arise from physical causes, and which cannot be prevented. 2. Where the law casts a duty on a party, the performance shall be excused, if it be rendered impossible by the act of God; but where the party, by his own contract, engages to do an act, it is deemed to be his own fault and folly that he did not thereby provide against contingencies, and exempt himself from responsibilities in certain events and in such case, (that is, in the instance of an absolute general contract the performance is not excused by an inevitable accident, or other contingency, although not foreseen by, nor within the control of the party. Chitty on Contr. 272, 8; Aleyn, 27, cited by Lawrence; J. in 8 T. R. 267; Com. Dig. Action upon the Case upon Assumpsit, G; 6 T. R. 650 ; 8 T. R. 259; 3 M. & S. 267 ; 7 Mass. 325; 13 Mass. 94; Co. Litt. 206; Com. Dig. Condition, D 1, L 13; 2 Bl. Com. 340; 1 T. R. 33; Jones on Bailm 104, 5 ; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1024. 3. Special bail are discharged when the defendant dies, Tidd, 243 ; actus Dei nemini facit injuriam being a maxim of law, applicable in such case; but if the defendant die after the return of the case and before it is filed, the bail are fixed. 6 T. R. 284; 6 Binn. 332, 338. It is, however, no ground for an exonerator, that the defendant has become deranged since the suit was brought, and is confined in a hospital. 2 Wash. C. C. R. 464, 6 T. It. 133 Bos. & Pull. 362 Tidd, 184. Vide 8 Mass. Rep. 264; 3 Yeates, 37; 2 Dall. 317; 16 Mass. Rep. 218; Stra. 128; 1 Leigh's N, P. 508; 11 Pick. R. 41; 2 Verm. R. 92; 2 Watt's Rep. 443. See generally, Fortuitous Event; Perils of the Sea.