providence

noun
prov·i·dence | \ ˈprä-və-dən(t)s , -ˌden(t)s \

Definition of providence 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a often capitalized : divine guidance or care

b capitalized : God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny

2 : the quality or state of being provident

Providence

geographical name
Prov·i·dence | \ ˈprä-və-dən(t)s , -ˌden(t)s \

Definition of Providence (Entry 2 of 2)

city in northern Rhode Island that is the state capital and a port at the head of the Providence River (a northern arm of Narragansett Bay) population 178,042

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Synonyms & Antonyms for providence

Synonyms: Noun

economy, frugality, husbandry, parsimony, penny-pinching, scrimping, skimping, thrift

Antonyms: Noun

wastefulness

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Examples of providence in a Sentence

Noun

practicing its customary providence, the snowbound family was able to make the meager stores last until help arrived had the providence to lay in supplies before the storm hit

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By the end of the play, divine providence is much harder to discern. The Economist, "On stage, the saga of the Lehman brothers is a parable of America," 12 July 2018 But as the saying has it, God has a special providence for fools, drunkards and the United States of America. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Summer Jobs Teach Real-World Lessons," 31 May 2018 Subby was the son of the late Pasquale and Carmela (Indomenico) Santiglia, who hailed from Floridia, providence of Siracusa, Italy and came through Ellis Island at the turn of the century. courant.com, "Sebastian Anthony Santiglia," 31 May 2018 And the people of our Commonwealth generally feel that the present condition of the colored race in this country accords both with the Word and the providence of God. Nancy D. Wadsworth, Vox, "The racial demons that help explain evangelical support for Trump," 30 Apr. 2018 In Puritan churches, ministers used to cite, as an example of God’s providence, the fact that thousands of Native Americans died of smallpox. Rachael Combe, The Cut, "The Moment I Decided to Throw Out My Son’s Toy Weapons," 8 Mar. 2018 Henry did not base his right on her legitimacy but on divine providence. Leanda De Lisle, Newsweek, "Did Richard III Kill the Princes in the Tower?," 13 July 2014 Not everyone is happy with the awarding of the Make our Planet Great Again grants, with some in France criticizing the providence of funds to overseas scientists at the cost of research in France. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "France's Macron announces first 'Make our Planet Great Again' winners," 12 Dec. 2017 The symbol was intended in this work to suggest divine providence. Menachem Wecker, National Review, "The Catholic Undertones of Vermeer’s Masterpieces," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of providence

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for providence

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin providentia, from provident-, providens

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providence

noun
prov·i·dence | \ ˈprä-və-dəns \

Kids Definition of providence

1 often capitalized : help or care from God or heaven

2 capitalized : God as the guide and protector of all human beings

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