an act of God

FORMAL
This page is about the idiom an act of God.

Meaning: Something like an earthquake or a tornado can be called an act of God.

For example:

  • 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.

Quick Quiz:

Which of these could be called an act of God?

a. a forest fire started by campers

b. a war caused by a religious dispute

c. a volcanic eruption

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Contributor: Matt Errey