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Meaning of divine by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: dĭ-vīnʹ, IPA: /dɪˈvaɪn/, SAMPA: /dI"vaIn/

    Etymology 1

    From Old French devin, from Latin dīvīnus, from divus ( “god” ) .


    divine ( comparative more divine, superlative most divine )

    1. of or pertaining to a god
    2. eternal, holy, or otherwise supernatural .
    3. of superhuman or surpassing excellence
    4. beautiful, heavenly
    Derived terms


    divine ( plural: divines )

    1. a theologian or cleric
    2. ( the Divine ) a metaphor for a deity, especially the Christian one .
    • ( theologian, cleric ): clergyman, cleric, man of the cloth, theologian
    • ( a deity ): Allah ( Muslim ), deity, god, God ( Christian )
    Derived terms
    • archdivine
    • school-divine

    Etymology 2

    From Middle French deviner, from Latin divinare .


    divine ( third-person singular simple present divines present participle divining, simple past and past participle divined )

    1. ( transitive ) to foretell ( something ), especially by the use of divination
    2. ( transitive ) to guess ( something )
    3. ( transitive ) to search for ( underground objects or water ) using a divining rod
    Derived terms
    Related terms

    Related terms

    • a lo divino
    • baculus divinatorius
    • divinistre
    • Divinópolis
    • Divinópolis de Goiás
    • La Divina
    • lectio divina
    • Liposcelis divinatorius
    • Salvia divinorum
    • São José do Divino
    • virgula divina
    • voce divinare


Explanation of divine by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. search by divining, as if with a rod

    2. He claimed he could divine underground water
    3. perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers

    1. being of such surpassing excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods

    2. her pies were simply divine
      the divine Shakespeare
    3. emanating from God

    4. divine judgment
      divine guidance
    5. being or having the nature of a god

    6. the custom of killing the divine king upon any serious failure of his...powers-J.G.Frazier
      the divine will
      the divine capacity for love
    7. resulting from divine providence

    8. appropriate to or befitting a god

    9. the divine strength of Achilles
    10. devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity

    11. divine worship
      divine liturgy
    1. terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God

    2. a clergyman or other person in religious orders

    Definition of divine by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Divine a. [Compar. Diviner ( ); superl. Divinest.] [F. divin, L. divinus divine, divinely inspired, fr. divus, dius, belonging to a deity; akin to Gr. , and L. deus, God. See Deity.]
      1. Of or belonging to God; as, “divine perfections; the divine will.” “The immensity of the divine nature.” Paley.

      2. Proceeding from God; as, “divine judgments”. “Divine protection.” Bacon.

      3. Appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise; religious; pious; holy; as, “divine service; divine songs; divine worship.”

      4. Pertaining to, or proceeding from, a deity; partaking of the nature of a god or the gods. “The divine Apollo said.” Shak.

      5. Godlike; heavenly; excellent in the highest degree; supremely admirable; apparently above what is human. In this application, the word admits of comparison; as, “the divinest mind”. Sir J. Davies. “The divine Desdemona.” Shak.

      A divine sentence is in the lips of the king. Prov. xvi. 10.

      But not to one in this benighted age

      Is that diviner inspiration given. Gray.

      6. Presageful; foreboding; prescient. [Obs.]

      Yet oft his heart, divine of something ill,

      Misgave him. Milton.

      7. Relating to divinity or theology.

      Church history and other divine learning. South.

      Syn. -- Supernatural; superhuman; godlike; heavenly; celestial; pious; holy; sacred; preëminent.

    2. Divine, n. [L. divinus a soothsayer, LL., a theologian. See Divine, a.]
      1. One skilled in divinity; a theologian. “Poets were the first divines.” Denham.

      2. A minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman.

      The first divines of New England were surpassed by none in extensive erudition. J. Woodbridge.

    3. Divine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Divined ; p. pr. & vb. n. Divining.] [L. divinare: cf. F. deviner. See Divination.]
      1. To foresee or foreknow; to detect; to anticipate; to conjecture.

      A sagacity which divined the evil designs. Bancroft.

      2. To foretell; to predict; to presage.

      Darest thou . . . divine his downfall? Shak.

      3. To render divine; to deify. [Obs.]

      Living on earth like angel new divined. Spenser.

      Syn. -- To foretell; predict; presage; prophesy; prognosticate; forebode; guess; conjecture; surmise.

    4. Divine, v. i.
      1. To use or practice divination; to foretell by divination; to utter prognostications.

      The prophets thereof divine for money. Micah iii. 11.

      2. To have or feel a presage or foreboding.

      Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts. Shak.

      3. To conjecture or guess; as, “to divine rightly”.