- of or relating to a god, especially the Supreme Being.
- addressed, appropriated, or devoted to God or a god; religious; sacred: divine worship.
- proceeding from God or a god: divine laws; divine guidance.
- godlike; characteristic of or befitting a deity: divine magnanimity.
- heavenly; celestial: the divine kingdom.
- extremely good; unusually lovely: He has the most divine tenor voice.
- being a god; being God: Zeus, Hera, and other divine beings in Greek mythology.
- of superhuman or surpassing excellence: Beauty is divine.
- Obsolete. of or relating to divinity or theology.
- a theologian; scholar in religion.
- a priest or member of the clergy.
- the Divine,
- (sometimes lowercase)the spiritual aspect of humans; the group of attributes and qualities of humankind regarded as godly or godlike.
- to discover or declare (something obscure or in the future) by divination; prophesy.
- to discover (water, metal, etc.) by means of a divining rod.
- 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.
- Archaic. to portend.
- to use or practice divination; prophesy.
- to have perception by intuition or insight; conjecture.
Origin of divine
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Examples from the Web for divines
Latimer and Paley, with a host of other divines, were students here.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
She feels my approach, she divines it, her presentiment does not deceive her.A Romance of the West Indies
Erasmus was received with great complaisance by the Louvain divines.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
He was examined in the faith, by the King's command, by two Berlin Divines.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
He who divines it will have gone far to solving the tedious problem of sex.Nights
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
- of, relating to, or characterizing God or a deity
- of, relating to, or associated with religion or worshipthe divine liturgy
- of supreme excellence or worth
- informal splendid; perfect
- the divine (often capital) another term for God
- a priest, esp one learned in theology
- to perceive or understand (something) by intuition or insight
- to conjecture (something); guess
- to discern (a hidden or future reality) as though by supernatural power
- (tr) to search for (underground supplies of water, metal, etc) using a divining rod
Word Origin and History for divines
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.
"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.
c.1300, "soothsayer," from Old French devin, from Latin divinus (adj.); see divine (adj.). Meaning "ecclesiastic, theologian" is from late 14c.