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[dih-vahyn]
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adjective, di·vin·er, di·vin·est.
  1. of or relating to a god, especially the Supreme Being.
  2. addressed, appropriated, or devoted to God or a god; religious; sacred: divine worship.
  3. proceeding from God or a god: divine laws; divine guidance.
  4. godlike; characteristic of or befitting a deity: divine magnanimity.
  5. heavenly; celestial: the divine kingdom.
  6. extremely good; unusually lovely: He has the most divine tenor voice.
  7. being a god; being God: Zeus, Hera, and other divine beings in Greek mythology.
  8. of superhuman or surpassing excellence: Beauty is divine.
  9. Obsolete. of or relating to divinity or theology.
noun
  1. a theologian; scholar in religion.
  2. a priest or member of the clergy.
  3. the Divine,
    1. God.
    2. (sometimes lowercase)the spiritual aspect of humans; the group of attributes and qualities of humankind regarded as godly or godlike.
verb (used with object), di·vined, di·vin·ing.
  1. to discover or declare (something obscure or in the future) by divination; prophesy.
  2. to discover (water, metal, etc.) by means of a divining rod.
  3. to perceive by intuition or insight; conjecture: She divined personal details about her customers based on their clothing and accents. It was not difficult to divine his true intent.
  4. Archaic. to portend.
verb (used without object), di·vined, di·vin·ing.
  1. to use or practice divination; prophesy.
  2. to have perception by intuition or insight; conjecture.

Origin of divine

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin dīvīnus, equivalent to dīv(us) god + -īnus -ine1; replacing Middle English devin(e) < Old French devin < Latin, as above
Related formsdi·vin·a·ble, adjectivedi·vine·ly, adverbdi·vine·ness, nounhalf-di·vine, adjectivehalf-di·vine·ly, adverbpre·di·vin·a·ble, adjectivepseu·do·di·vine, adjectivesub·di·vine, adjectivesub·di·vine·ly, adverbsub·di·vine·ness, nounsu·per·di·vine, adjectiveun·di·vin·a·ble, adjectiveun·di·vined, adjectiveun·di·vin·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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13, 17. foretell, predict, foresee, forecast. 15, 18. discern, understand.

Antonyms

5. worldly, mundane.
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Examples from the Web for divines

Historical Examples

  • Latimer and Paley, with a host of other divines, were students here.

    England, Picturesque and Descriptive

    Joel Cook

  • She feels my approach, she divines it, her presentiment does not deceive her.

  • Erasmus was received with great complaisance by the Louvain divines.

  • He was examined in the faith, by the King's command, by two Berlin Divines.

  • He who divines it will have gone far to solving the tedious problem of sex.

    Nights

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell


British Dictionary definitions for divines

divine

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterizing God or a deity
  2. godlike
  3. of, relating to, or associated with religion or worshipthe divine liturgy
  4. of supreme excellence or worth
  5. informal splendid; perfect
noun
  1. the divine (often capital) another term for God
  2. a priest, esp one learned in theology
verb
  1. to perceive or understand (something) by intuition or insight
  2. to conjecture (something); guess
  3. to discern (a hidden or future reality) as though by supernatural power
  4. (tr) to search for (underground supplies of water, metal, etc) using a divining rod
Derived Formsdivinable, adjectivedivinely, adverbdivineness, noundiviner, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin dīvīnus, from dīvus a god; related to deus a god
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Word Origin and History for divines

divine

adj.

c.1300, from Old French devin (12c.), from Latin divinus "of a god," from divus "a god," related to deus "god, deity" (see Zeus). Weakened sense of "excellent" had evolved by late 15c.

divine

v.

"to conjure, to guess," originally "to make out by supernatural insight," mid-14c., from Old French deviner, from Vulgar Latin *devinare, dissimilated from *divinare, from Latin divinus (see divine (adj.)), which also meant "soothsayer." Related: Divined; diviner; divining. Divining rod (or wand) attested from 1650s.

divine

n.

c.1300, "soothsayer," from Old French devin, from Latin divinus (adj.); see divine (adj.). Meaning "ecclesiastic, theologian" is from late 14c.

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