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 six historic churches in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood are simply divine: The Fairfax neighborhood is home to some of Cleveland’s most awe-inspiring architecture and sacred landmarks—including the city’s oldest African-American church. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "FreshWater Cleveland’s Fairfax ‘On the Ground’ series: Resident retention, church, education, more," 9 Aug. 2019 In the medieval period, people interpreted the universe as a creation of the divine and all its manifestations as emanations of divine will. The Atlantic, "The Metamorphosis," 11 July 2019 The authors of the study, which was published Wednesday in journal Science Advances, suggested that cannabis was probably used during burial ceremonies, perhaps as a way to communicate with the divine or the dead. Katie Hunt, CNN, "2,500-year-old tomb offers earliest evidence of humans using cannabis to get high," 12 June 2019 What to eat: The fried chicken sandwich is the brewpub’s best-seller, and the burger is divine. oregonlive.com, "West Coast Grocery fights to right ship after rough launch: Portland Breweries Series," 7 June 2019 Note: My exact itinerary is not available this year, but three similar ones are, some of them with stops (how divine is this?) in Marseille, St.-Tropez, and Portofino. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "This Silversea Muse Cruise is a Mediterranean Dream Odyssey," 19 Mar. 2019 Stumbling through choking smoke, Antoine-Marie Préaut was on a divine mission. Vivienne Walt / Paris, Time, "Inside the Fight Over How Notre Dame Should Rise From the Ashes," 25 July 2019 Yet all of her photographs have a divine glow as if her camera lens were capturing the spiritual aura from her subjects. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Latina artists in Dallas showcase 'were told ‘no,’ and they triumphed anyway’," 25 July 2019 There were saints who starved themselves to be seen as pure, divine and closer to God. Washington Post, "Could social media’s ‘healthy food’ focus be contributing to a little-known eating disorder?," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yet by every account, the philosopher was exceptionally ugly, his mien marred by monstrous bulging eyes, in a society that prized manly beauty as a virtue partaking of the divine. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘Socrates in Love’ Review: A Vigorous, Brilliant Young Man," 17 May 2019 In the medieval period, people interpreted the universe as a creation of the divine and all its manifestations as emanations of divine will. The Atlantic, "The Metamorphosis," 11 July 2019 What will prevail is that every human has divinity in them and this divinity will create a spiritual divine human consciousness eventually on this planet. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Santana Talks New Album Africa Speaks, 20th Anniversary of 'Smooth' and Return to Woodstock," 7 June 2019 Past Met Gala themes paid homage to the aesthetic of the Catholic divine (2018), explored the relationship between technology and fashion (2016) and took inspiration from motifs common in Chinese culture (2015). Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "The Best Memes From the 2019 Met Gala," 6 May 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 And, by extension, is there a way to divine whether Wang will survive? Anna Altman, The New Yorker, "In “The Collected Schizophrenias,” Esmé Weijun Wang Maps the Terrain of Her Mental Illness," 4 June 2019 Yet a federal judge last week divined an exception to this constitutional axiom by enshrining a Barack Obama order walling off 128 million acres of the Arctic and eastern seaboard from oil and gas production. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Entrenching the Obama Presidency," 5 Apr. 2019 Grammar striding to divine this weave in not quite seeing. Ben Lerner, Harper's magazine, "Resistances," 10 Jan. 2019 Whatever the case, whoever divines the secrets of seal whiskers will be in a position to exploit the technology first. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Military Could Track Objects Underwater With Seal Whiskers," 13 Aug. 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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