a person who divines; soothsayer; prophet.
a person skilled in using a divining rod.

Nearby words

  1. divine right,
  2. divine right of kings,
  3. divine service,
  4. divine, father,
  5. divinely,
  6. diving,
  7. diving beetle,
  8. diving bell,
  9. diving board,
  10. diving boat

Origin of diviner

1300–50; divine + -er1; replacing Middle English divinour < Anglo-French < Late Latin dīvīnātor soothsayer, equivalent to Latin dīvīnā(re) to divine + -tor -tor



adjective, di·vin·er, di·vin·est.

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,
  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.

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.

verb (used without object), di·vined, di·vin·ing.

to use or practice divination; prophesy.
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

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British Dictionary definitions for diviner



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
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 diviner
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