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In English, when someone says for a woman that she's a goddess, that usually means "A beautiful, brilliant, attractive woman."
I'm interested whether the same works for Japanese language, and the difference if someone says 女神 for a woman, and when someone says 女神様.

My comprehension:
If someone says for a woman - 女神, it can mean that she's beautiful and attractive, just like in English language.
But if someone says for a woman - 女神様, it has more of a respective meaning towards the woman, like she's so kind that she's like a female deity.
 

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There is no difference in meaning between 女神 and 女神様 as a figurative use, except the level of politeness.
 

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I know 様 is a suffix to make the word more polite. But what I wanna know is whether 女神 can be used to describe a beautiful woman who is attractive, just like how in English language you can use the word Goddess to describe a beautiful woman.

And also, if someone says for a woman that she's a Goddess, not because of attraction, but out of admiration because she's incredibly humble and kind person, than it would make more sense to use 女神様, because it's more polite, right?
 

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No, there is no difference in usage, as I wrote. Both 女神 and 女神様 can be used for all those cases.
 

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Ok, thanks for the clarification.
 

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In English, when someone says for a woman that she's a goddess, that usually means "A beautiful, brilliant, attractive woman."
I would contest that...

I've seen the term "Goddess" used to refer to some women in certain works of fiction. You probably don't want to know where, though. Probably.

I have never in my life heard anyone in the real world describe a woman as a "goddess", and if they did, it would not look to me like a compliment on her looks; rather, it would look to me like a reflection of a very special status.
 

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I would contest that...

I've seen the term "Goddess" used to refer to some women in certain works of fiction. You probably don't want to know where, though. Probably.

I have never in my life heard anyone in the real world describe a woman as a "goddess", and if they did, it would not look to me like a compliment on her looks; rather, it would look to me like a reflection of a very special status.
I would contest that.

I've heard it plenty of times in real life, and in precisely the way he posits.

The fact that you haven't encountered a thing in your brief life is no indication it doesn't exist.
 
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