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)

1 religion : clergyman a Puritan divine
2 religion : theologian

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

Bumping into the bench was a form of divine intervention, Brown said. Beth Ann Nichols, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky golfer Cullan Brown is fighting bone cancer, and joy is his 'secret weapon'," 10 Sep. 2019 And Denton watched helplessly as Pope John Paul II named his alleged rapist Archbishop of Agaña, the voice of divine authority in the small, overwhelmingly Catholic U.S. territory of Guam. Washington Post, "Guam’s ex-archbishop shielded culture of clergy sex abuse," 10 Aug. 2019 School officials saw the transformation as a sign of divine blessings. New York Times, "The Seminary Flourished on Slave Labor. Now It’s Planning to Pay Reparations.," 12 Sep. 2019 With the osu, the diala originally believed that mixing with a deity’s slaves would earn them divine punishment. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 11 July 2019 It was written in outraged reaction to the conservative backlash that put Ronald Reagan in the White House and stigmatized AIDS as a divine punishment. Wendy Smith, miamiherald, "A full-bodied portrait of ‘Angels in America,’ a play redefined what theater could be | Miami Herald," 22 Feb. 2018 If your mouth fails you in this divine moment, your body won’t. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Burna Boy is an ‘African Giant’ with a sound that defies geography," 6 Sep. 2019 More divine wine is at Morris Vineyard and Tennessee Mountainview Winery in Charleston. Mary Ann Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Old-fashioned road trip leads to East Tennessee culinary gems," 30 Aug. 2019 His powerful presence in the neighbourhood was deemed a good omen amidst adversities, over the years even giving him a divine status. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "Tribals in India’s Kerala are protesting against a Hindu name given to a captured elephant," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To read something that contradicts conventional financial wisdom, divine. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Is owning a home a better investment than stocks?," 30 Aug. 2019 An actor must summon the divine from the deepest part of himself. Paul Vitello, New York Times, "Valentina Cortese, a Leading Italian Film Actress, Dies at 96," 10 July 2019 What is striking is the degree to which Pahari paintings also map and elicit reactions to the divine. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India’ Review: Multifaceted Devotion," 16 Feb. 2019 The 74-year-old acting legend was a surprise guest at Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2020 collection, arriving at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office looking divine in the designer’s python print separates. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Helen Mirren Is Having the Best Time at London Fashion Week," 16 Sep. 2019 Sunstone - Sunstone is a catalyst for the masculine to evolve toward graceful integration with the feminine divine, facilitating allowance to be present without ego, to embrace the nurturing aspects of the divine mother. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Jhene Aiko Soothes the Anxious Mind With Meditative 'Trigger Protection Mantra': Listen," 13 Sep. 2019 His idea was that, although life is somewhat branched, there is direction in evolution, a progression toward greater cognitive complexity and, ultimately, to identification with the divine, that is, God. Quentin Wheeler, Quartz, "That popular monkey-to-man chart gets evolution all wrong," 4 Sep. 2019 His idea was that, although life is somewhat branched, there is direction in evolution, a progression toward greater cognitive complexity and, ultimately, to identification with the divine, that is, God. Antonio G. Valdecasas, The Conversation, "Evolution doesn’t proceed in a straight line – so why draw it that way?," 3 Sep. 2019 Well, Zeus really got around, so even an incomplete list has more than enough divine, semi-divine and mortal lovers and their children to keep Moony McMoonface off the table for a long time. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Name Five of Jupiter’s New Moons," 27 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The social movement is chopped into waves, which can give the impression that a feminist’s beliefs and loyalties may be divined by her date of birth. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "Hollywood Reconsiders the Bad Female Boss, With a Generational Twist," 12 June 2019 Schwartz also points out in his book that the Europeans initially attributed hurricanes to divine punishment for man’s sinful ways. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian, "The Bahamas and the Caribbean Have Withstood Hurricanes for Centuries," 17 Sep. 2019 For a first look at the final season, divine your way over here. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "The Bad Place searches for the best worst humans in new Good Place footage," 12 Sep. 2019 The economists divined the extra tariffs would cut 0.5 percentage points from China’s growth, which is already tipped to slow to 6% next year. Fortune, "Can Trump ‘Order’ US Firms Out of China? Should He? — CEO Daily," 24 Aug. 2019 Vernon’s comments are crucial to divining his meaning in lyrics that can still tend toward the almost comically opaque. Los Angeles Times, "On Bon Iver’s “i,i,” Justin Vernon ponders Trump, climate change and wider world," 9 Aug. 2019 For a first look at the 14-episode final season, divine your way over here. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "The Good Place creator on how — and why — the show changed its ultimate message," 9 Aug. 2019 The man on the board, French inventor and jet skier Franky Zapata, has for years been divining ways for humans to release themselves from the shackles of gravity. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "We were promised jetpacks, and now we have them. So why isn’t anyone using them?," 18 July 2019 Still, the Journal accused us of smearing this center and, in a leap of faith that would make a mind reader blush, divined that Charles Koch possesses no ideological master plan. WSJ, "George Washington University Takes Money From People With a Point of View," 24 June 2019

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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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