1. The act of creating or causing to exist. Specifically, the act of bringing the universe or this world into existence.
From the creation to the general doom. --Shak.
As when a new particle of matter dotn begin to exist, in rerum natura, which had before no being; and this we call creation. --Locke.
2. That which is created; that which is produced or caused to exist, as the world or some original work of art or of the imagination; nature.
We know that the whole creation groaneth. --Rom. viii. 22.
A dagger of the mind, a false creation. --Shak.
Choice pictures and creations of curious art. --Beaconsfield.
3. The act of constituting or investing with a new character; appointment; formation.
An Irish peer of recent creation. --Landor.
n 1: the human act of creating [syn: creative activity]
2: an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
3: the event that occurred at the beginning of something; "from
its creation the plan was doomed to failure" [syn: conception]
4: the act of starting something for the first time;
introducing something new; "she looked forward to her
initiation as an adult"; "the foundation of a new
scientific society"; "he regards the fork as a modern
introduction" [syn: initiation, founding, foundation,
institution, origination, innovation, introduction,
5: (theology) God's act of bringing the universe into existence
6: everything that exists anywhere; "they study the evolution
of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence" [syn: universe,
existence, world, cosmos, macrocosm]
"In the beginning" God created, i.e., called into being, all
things out of nothing. This creative act on the part of God was
absolutely free, and for infinitely wise reasons. The cause of
all things exists only in the will of God. The work of creation
is attributed (1) to the Godhead (Gen. 1:1, 26); (2) to the
Father (1 Cor. 8:6); (3) to the Son (John 1:3; Col. 1:16, 17);
(4) to the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:2; Job 26:13; Ps. 104:30). The
fact that he is the Creator distinguishes Jehovah as the true
God (Isa. 37:16; 40:12, 13; 54:5; Ps. 96:5; Jer. 10:11, 12). The
one great end in the work of creation is the manifestation of
the glory of the Creator (Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11; Rom. 11:36).
God's works, equally with God's word, are a revelation from him;
and between the teachings of the one and those of the other,
when rightly understood, there can be no contradiction.
Traditions of the creation, disfigured by corruptions, are
found among the records of ancient Eastern nations. (See ACCAD.) A peculiar interest belongs to the traditions of the
Accadians, the primitive inhabitants of the plains of Lower
Mesopotamia. These within the last few years have been brought
to light in the tablets and cylinders which have been rescued
from the long-buried palaces and temples of Assyria. They bear a
remarkable resemblance to the record of Genesis.