di·vin·i·ty | \də-ˈvi-nə-tē \
plural divinities

Definition of divinity 

1 : theology

2 : the quality or state of being divine

3 often capitalized : a divine being: such as

a : god sense 1

b(1) : god sense 2

(2) : goddess

4 : fudge made of whipped egg whites, sugar, and nuts

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Synonyms for divinity


deity, godhead, godhood

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Examples of divinity in a Sentence

Christians believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ. the divinities of ancient Greece

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These are the schools of divinity, law, medicine, pharmacy and dentistry. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "‘Weather complications’ delay Howard U. classes," 6 Jan. 2018 The master’s of divinity program is expanding rapidly, but the specifics of the future aren’t set in numbers, Bates said. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "New HBU dean comes full circle as theologian," 18 May 2018 But Grande, who has always been an outspoken feminist and refused to be defined by her sexuality, rejects the notion that women can only be one thing, that feminine sensuality and divinity can't go hand in hand. Bonnie Stiernberg, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's 'God Is a Woman' Video Is an Incredible Manifesto for Empowering Female Sexuality," 14 July 2018 Officer Stevens, who asked that his first name be withheld, worked as a police officer in the St. Louis Metropolitan Department for more than a decade before leaving to pursue a divinity degree and become a full-time Baptist minister and activist. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Them vs. Us: How Black Cops View Policing in America," 27 June 2018 This tendency explains the fanaticism with which divinity-school dropouts Al Gore and Jerry Brown have warned of climate change. Steven F. Hayward, WSJ, "Climate Change Has Run Its Course," 4 June 2018 God does, and Jesus dies on the cross, confirming his divinity as God's son. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Last Temptation of Christ' complaints are nothing new," 7 June 2018 Bates worked toward his master’s in divinity, focusing on the qualities of every different Christian church that transcended denominational identity. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "New HBU dean comes full circle as theologian," 18 May 2018 Ancient Greek deities are often depicted with long, flowing hair as a sign of power and divinity (picture Zeus, Venus, and Apollo). Allure, "Women From Three Faith Communities Share How Their Long Hair and Spirituality Are Connected," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of divinity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of divinity

: the state of being a god : the state of being divine

: a god or goddess

: the formal study of religion, religious practices, and religious beliefs


di·vin·i·ty | \də-ˈvi-nə-tē \
plural divinities

Kids Definition of divinity

1 : the quality or state of being God or a god

2 : a god or goddess the divinities of ancient Greece

3 : the study of religion

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one that holds something together

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