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

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Examples from the Web for divining

Contemporary Examples of divining

Historical Examples of divining

  • I said curtly, divining that the moment was one in which to adopt a tone with him.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • So I s'pose, sir; nobody is better at guessing and divining than Mr. Dodge.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • And, as if divining his thought, she turned to him and spoke.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • Charlotte, divining that somebody was behind her, started and raised her head.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola

  • Thunder-maker's method of divining was very simple after all—nay, even childish.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby


British Dictionary definitions for divining

divine

adjective

of, relating to, or characterizing God or a deity
godlike
of, relating to, or associated with religion or worshipthe divine liturgy
of supreme excellence or worth
informal splendid; perfect

noun

the divine (often capital) another term for God
a priest, esp one learned in theology

verb

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 divining

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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