n. pl. the·od·i·cies
A vindication of God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil.
[After Essai de théodicée, a work by Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz : Greek theo-, theo- + Greek dikē, order, right; see deik- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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