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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Bednar received a degree in economics and a master’s degree in divinity from the University of Notre Dame. Maryann Pisano, chicagotribune.com, "Guerin College Prep's new president aims to help students think globally," 7 May 2018 Magic Words: Delicious divinity can be discovered on the daily. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes August 27-September 2," 20 Aug. 2018 Straus uses religious imagery to discuss sexuality, following other LGBTQ+ artists from Freddie Mercury to Frank Ocean who’ve used themes of divinity in their music. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "King Princess Is Here To Make Queer Youth Feel Like Royalty," 30 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of divinity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of divinity was in the 14th century

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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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living or existing for a long time

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