demigod

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demigod

a. a mythological being who is part mortal, part god
b. a lesser deity

demigod

(person)
A hacker with years of experience, a national reputation, and a major role in the development of at least one design, tool, or game used by or known to more than half of the hacker community. To qualify as a genuine demigod, the person must recognisably identify with the hacker community and have helped shape it. Major demigods include Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie (co-inventors of Unix and C) and Richard Stallman (inventor of Emacs). In their hearts of hearts, most hackers dream of someday becoming demigods themselves, and more than one major software project has been driven to completion by the author's veiled hopes of apotheosis.

See also net.god, true-hacker.
References in classic literature ?
Did you forget that this great man, this hero, this demigod, is attacked with a malady of the skin which worries him to death, prurigo?
With the noble poise of his handsome head upon those broad shoulders, and the fire of life and intelligence in those fine, clear eyes, he might readily have typified some demigod of a wild and warlike bygone people of his ancient forest.
Just to have seen him there, lolling upon the swaying bough of the jungle-forest giant, his brown skin mottled by the brilliant equatorial sunlight which percolated through the leafy canopy of green above him, his clean-limbed body relaxed in graceful ease, his shapely head partly turned in contemplative absorption and his intelligent, gray eyes dreamily devouring the object of their devotion, you would have thought him the reincarnation of some demigod of old.
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There is a fusion of historical and modern interaction between gods and demigods.
The witty dialogue and deadpan humour are in tune with modern youth culture, and there is a empathetic sub-narrative of Apollo's guilt as he questions his own morals as a god and blames himself for the plight of the demigods.
Muhammad Javad Zarif said the most important first step is to figure out why some are attracted to "perverted ideologies of demigods who are financed by people looking for short-term gain at the expense of others".
There Were Giants Upon the Earth: Gods, Demigods, and Human Ancestry: The Evidence of Alien DNA is recommended for new age readers with special, particular interest in a combination of Biblical re-interpretation and ancient history and peoples, and examines whether humans are actually the descendants of demigods.
The faceless demigods of the EU pushed Greece into this position by including them in the Eurozone knowing of their inability to manage their finances.
Like demigods indulging a lesser species, they perpetuate the notion democratic elections change things, when it's blatantly obvious they don't.
Namely, students are being denied a comprehensive education because of decisions made by demigods who purport to know what's best for them.
Meanwhile, the war between two all-powerful demigods continues--the tyrannical Odion spreads his empire and the despotic Zane stalks Theodore through a shroud of resistance known as the Opposition.