divine

[dih-vahyn]
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 for divine

Antonyms for divine

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Historical Examples of divined

  • She divined him, moreover, to be a blend of boldness and timidity.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It is a happy man who has divined the leisure of eternity, so he feels it, like what you say, 'in his bones.'

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He was old and bleary, unmistakably dirty too—but he had divined Sidney's romance.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He divined the nature of the ordeal through which he had gone.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • And now he saw it clearly—dolt that he had been not to have divined it ere this!

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance


British Dictionary definitions for divined

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 for divine

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

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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