di·​vin·​i·​ty | \ də-ˈvi-nə-tē How to pronounce divinity (audio) \
plural divinities

Definition of divinity

1 : theology
2 : the quality or state of being divine
3 often capitalized : a divine being: such as
b(1) : god sense 2
(2) : goddess
4 : fudge made of whipped egg whites, sugar, and nuts

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Examples of divinity in a Sentence

Christians believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ. the divinities of ancient Greece
Recent Examples on the Web Senior vp international strategy and operations, Warner Music Group Stinnett — who has a divinity degree and a Ph.D. in education and organizational leadership — approaches issues of diversity with both ministerial passion and academic rigor. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Change Agents: Leaders Stepping Up In A Year of Turmoil," 28 Jan. 2021 Somewhat more surprising is the biblical reference from Thomas Jefferson, a deist who famously excised from a Bible any references to Jesus ’ divinity. Stuart Halpern, WSJ, "God at the Inauguration," 21 Jan. 2021 Michael Gulker, a Mennonite pastor with a divinity degree from Duke University who is president of the Colossian Forum, said churches are particularly worried about losing members because the pandemic broke the habit of showing up every Sunday. WSJ, "Abortion, Guns and Trump: A Church Group Tries to Navigate America’s Divisions," 18 Dec. 2020 Brian later felt called to ministry and earned a master of divinity degree in 2012 from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. al, "Thankful: Megachurch minister’s wife awaits transplant," 26 Nov. 2020 Between the manger and the cross there were a myriad of moments when the weight of divinity in the face of humanity may have felt like a hopeless thing to carry. Essence, "Finding Joy, Peace And Healing During A Pandemic Christmas," 22 Dec. 2020 Greek asylums, often connected to a particular divinity and stifled under Roman rule, were the antecedent of the asylum tradition that developed in the Christianized empire. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, The New York Review of Books, "The Revival of Church Sanctuary," 3 Nov. 2020 There’s a kind of universal embrace of divinity that underlies Hasidism. Ben Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "Rabbi/author (still) believes Hasidic ideas key to vibrant modern Judaism," 22 Oct. 2020 Harvard Divinity School, founded in 1816, did not accept women until 1955, long after they had been accepted at other divinity schools and at many of Harvard’s other professional schools. New York Times, "Constance Buchanan Dies at 73; Gave Women Voice in Religion," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of divinity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Divinity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divinity. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce divinity (audio) \
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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