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[ dih-vahyn ]


, 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. the divine kingdom.

    Antonyms: mundane, worldly

  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.


  1. a theologian; scholar in religion.
  2. a priest or member of the clergy.
  3. the Divine,
    1. (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.

    Synonyms: forecast, foresee, predict, foretell

  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.

    Synonyms: understand, discern

  4. Archaic. to portend.

verb (used without object)

, di·vined, di·vin·ing.
  1. to use or practice divination; prophesy.

    Synonyms: forecast, foresee, predict, foretell

  2. to have perception by intuition or insight; conjecture.

    Synonyms: understand, discern


/ dɪˈvaɪn /


  1. of, relating to, or characterizing God or a deity
  2. godlike
  3. of, relating to, or associated with religion or worship

    the divine liturgy

  4. of supreme excellence or worth
  5. informal.
    splendid; perfect


  1. the divine
    often capital another term for God
  2. a priest, esp one learned in theology


  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

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Derived Forms

  • diˈvinely, adverb
  • diˈvinable, adjective
  • diˈvineness, noun
  • diˈviner, noun

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Other Words From

  • di·vin·a·ble adjective
  • di·vine·ly adverb
  • di·vine·ness noun
  • half-di·vine adjective
  • half-di·vine·ly adverb
  • pre·di·vin·a·ble adjective
  • pseu·do·di·vine adjective
  • sub·di·vine adjective
  • sub·di·vine·ly adverb
  • sub·di·vine·ness noun
  • su·per·di·vine adjective
  • un·di·vin·a·ble adjective
  • un·di·vined adjective
  • un·di·vin·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of divine1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English divin(e), devin(e), from Old French devin(e), Latin dīvīnus, equivalent to dīv(us) “god” + -īnus -ine 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of divine1

C14: from Latin dīvīnus, from dīvus a god; related to deus a god

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Example Sentences

From this food, one divines the transverse currents of slavery, servitude, and exploitation.

From Eater

Any help you encounter is dumb luck or divine intervention, and you shouldn’t bet the farm on receiving either of those.

It has served as a kind of mandala — a configuration of symbols intended to direct the viewer’s focus toward something divine or transcendent.

From Vox

Mendel’s genius lay in divining the simple foundational rules that enable us to begin thinking intelligently about heredity.

Izanagi and Izanami went on to create more landmasses and give birth to other divine entities, thereby giving form to the principal eight islands of Japan and over 800 kami.

After the screening, Jolie, who says she renewed her faith in “the divine” during filming, met briefly with the pope.

Beyoncé has, for close to a decade now, been a deity in entertainment: untouchable, successful, divine.

When a popular Sunni televangelist does it, to forgive is divine.

In the 1980s, your community allowed hundreds of thousands of us to die because you believed AIDS was divine punishment.

Allah seems unlikely to enter into a “personal” relationship with Muslims, who readily submit to the divine will.

The proceedings of the day commenced with divine service, performed by Unitarian and Baptist ministers.

How little did he divine that the letter of the doctor was called forth by a communication from the countess-dowager.

By a voice he saith: Hear me, ye divine offspring, and bud forth as the rose planted by the brooks of waters.

Divine Providence is about to place independence within our reach, in a manner most acceptable to a free and independent people.

The vision itself is an outcome of that divine discontent which raises man above his environment.





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