divine

adjective
di·​vine | \ də-ˈvīn How to pronounce divine (audio) \
diviner; divinest

Definition of divine

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 religion

a : of, relating to, or proceeding directly from God (see god entry 1 sense 1) or a god (see god entry 1 sense 2) divine inspiration divine love praying for divine intervention
b : being a deity the divine Savior a divine ruler
c : directed to a deity divine worship
2a : supremely good : superb The meal was just divine.

divine

noun

Definition of divine (Entry 2 of 3)

religion
1 : clergyman a Puritan divine

divine

verb
divined; divining

Definition of divine (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to discover by intuition or insight : infer divine the truth
2 : to discover or locate (something, such as underground water or minerals) usually by means of a divining rod

intransitive verb

1 : to seek to predict future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers : to practice divination : prophesy
2 : to perceive intuitively

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Other Words from divine

Adjective

divinely adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for divine

Synonyms: Adjective

A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, excellent, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, top-of-the-line, top-shelf, topflight, topping [chiefly British], unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful

Synonyms: Noun

clergyperson, cleric, clerical, clerk, deacon, dominie, ecclesiastic, minister, preacher, priest, reverend

Synonyms: Verb

anticipate, forefeel, foreknow, foresee, prevision

Antonyms: Adjective

atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

Antonyms: Noun

layman, layperson, secular

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Verb

foresee, foreknow, divine, anticipate mean to know beforehand. foresee implies nothing about how the knowledge is derived and may apply to ordinary reasoning and experience. economists should have foreseen the recession foreknow usually implies supernatural assistance, as through revelation. if only we could foreknow our own destinies divine adds to foresee the suggestion of exceptional wisdom or discernment. was able to divine Europe's rapid recovery from the war anticipate implies taking action about or responding emotionally to something before it happens. the waiter anticipated our every need

Examples of divine in a Sentence

Adjective

They prayed for divine intervention. how about a piece of the most divine apple pie I've ever tasted!

Noun

the great influence exerted by the Puritan divines in the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Verb

divine the answer to a question it was easy to divine his intention of asking his girlfriend to marry him
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

These might not be the most practical shoe in comparison, but boy, the barely there sandals look so divine. Vogue, "The Ultimate Spring Sandal Guide Is Here," 23 Mar. 2019 Childless for many years, the Batistas view twins as a divine gift and have upended their lives in honor of it. Katie Ward Beim-esche, The Christian Science Monitor, "YA novel 'The Poet X' is an elegiac meditation on poesy and religion," 23 Mar. 2018 Barring divine intervention, Monday’s 27th annual edition of the SDMAs will be no exception, as dozens of area musicians are simultaneously celebrated and insulted. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Music Awards will, once again, delight and frustrate attendees," 15 Mar. 2018 That same day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, interviewed in Jerusalem by the Christian Broadcasting Network, was asked whether divine intervention had a hand in Trump’s ascent. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “The Mueller Report Should be Public!”," 24 Mar. 2019 On Sunday -- not by design, but perhaps form of divine intervention -- there were 17 players on the ice. CBS News, "Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey team pulls off emotional state championship win," 26 Feb. 2018 As Lindell tells it, his success has the classic Horatio Alger shape — with cocaine and infomercials and divine inspiration. Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, "From crack cocaine to Mar-a-Lago: The unusual journey of the MyPillow man," 6 Apr. 2018 Starting from the ground up, Roger Vivier's metallic slides are perfectly suited for outdoors and in, while La Costa Del Algodón makes divine robes that could double as gala-apropos gowns in a pinch. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: The Best Looks to Wear at Home," 25 Feb. 2019 In Ancient Greece the Muses, goddesses of poetry and literature and music, were revered as sources of divine knowledge. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How Lee Radziwill Become the Ultimate Fashion Muse," 19 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So Hinduism permitted millions of manifestations of the divine. Shashi Tharoor, WSJ, "How Hinduism Has Persisted for 4,000 Years," 17 Jan. 2019 He’s portrayed as an outsider artist, a man sinking into depression and mania while also becoming more and more prolific — and more and more convinced that painting is his divine calling. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How Willem Dafoe learned to paint like Vincent Van Gogh," 14 Nov. 2018 As the designer odyssey moves from New York to Paris, patterns are palpable—another baby bang here, another sprinkling of glitter there—until finally, everything materializes into one divine, season-defining tessellation. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty Looks From the Spring 2019 Shows," 4 Oct. 2018 But a deeper look brings out the true genius of the work: the relationship between art and architecture, the way science can bring man closer to God, and an outline of the quintessence of the divine. Robert E. Gordon, WSJ, "A Multi-Layered Drama," 13 July 2018 The show is divided into two themes, one mortal and the other divine. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "In Iranian art show at LACMA, the past wrestles with the present," 4 June 2018 Even a daydreamy young girl had a hard time locating the divine over the glare of blacktop and the whine of power tools. Sara Eckel, Longreads, "The Hole in My Soul," 1 June 2018 But after a horrific tragedy, many look to the divine. Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "As victims' families prepare to arrive at a Santa Fe church to mourn, a rainbow appears overhead," 20 May 2018 The nods the film got include in the categories of Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actress for the divine Sally Hawkins, and Supporting Actor and Actress for the magnificent Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "Academy Awards 2018: "The Shape of Water" would be a worthy Best Picture," 3 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

They're built puke rays and strobe tanks and amnesia devices in an attempt to divine the ultimate weapon. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Long, Weird History of Strobe Weapons," 11 Feb. 2019 The ritual and repetition of the services abolished time entirely, linking the time within that chamber to divine time, which was eternal, unaffected by life or death, which was always there, which lasted forever. Karl Ove Knausgaard, New York Times, "A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia," 14 Feb. 2018 How are retailers supposed to divine a buyer’s purpose? The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Interstate Tax Grab," 15 Apr. 2018 Read his piece at The New York Times and divine the truth for yourself. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "You Don’t Move to Sarasota, the Spirit Moves You," 10 July 2018 So long as Pecker can divine what Trump would want or find helpful, the Enquirer could effectively carry out the president's wishes. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "The National Enquirer’s weak denial of Trump’s influence," 2 May 2018 Their own attitude, as far as it can be divined, appears to be a credulous sentimentality. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: On Netflix, a Wild Story of Guns, Sex and a Guru," 16 Mar. 2018 But the contests never actually occur, because the musketeers divine in d’Artagnan a man who is willing to risk his life and can assist them in their sallies against Cardinal Richelieu’s belligerent guards. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Alexandre Dumas’s Brotherly Love," 16 Mar. 2018 What remains is to divine the motivations of the plaintiffs in this case, and thereby those of the Trump White House. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Trump's DOJ labels the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, placing healthcare for 133 million at risk," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of divine

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for divine

Adjective

Middle English divin, from Anglo-French, from Latin divinus, from divus god — more at deity

Noun

Middle English, from Medieval Latin divinus, from Latin, soothsayer, from divinus, adjective — see divine entry 1

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French deviner, from Latin divinare, from divinus, noun — see divine entry 1

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divine

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of divine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or coming from God or a god
informal + somewhat old-fashioned : very good

divine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of divine (Entry 2 of 2)

formal + literary : to discover or understand (something) without having direct evidence

divine

adjective
di·​vine | \ də-ˈvīn How to pronounce divine (audio) \

Kids Definition of divine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to God or a god divine will
2 : being in praise of God : religious, holy divine worship
3 : like a god The pharaohs of ancient Egypt were considered divine.
4 : very good

Other Words from divine

divinely adverb

divine

verb
divined; divining

Kids Definition of divine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to discover or understand something by using intuition
2 : to foretell the future by using signs and omens or magic powers

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