an act of GodFORMAL
Meaning: Something like an earthquake or a tornado can be called an act of God.
- Will your insurance policy pay for the cost of replacing your house if it's destroyed by an act of God?
- My daughter said that if disasters that kill lots of people are acts of God, why does He do it. I didn't know what to say.
Origin: The phrase 'act of God' originally appeared in religious texts, though nowadays it is mostly found in legal texts.
Which of these could be called an act of God?
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Contributor: Matt Errey