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divine

[dih-vahyn] /dɪˈvaɪn/
adjective, diviner, divinest.
1.
of or relating to a god, especially the Supreme Being.
2.
addressed, appropriated, or devoted to God or a god; religious; sacred:
divine worship.
3.
proceeding from God or a god: divine laws;
divine guidance.
4.
godlike; characteristic of or befitting a deity:
divine magnanimity.
5.
heavenly; celestial:
the divine kingdom.
6.
extremely good; unusually lovely:
He has the most divine tenor voice.
7.
being a god; being God:
Zeus, Hera, and other divine beings in Greek mythology.
8.
of superhuman or surpassing excellence:
Beauty is divine.
9.
Obsolete. of or relating to divinity or theology.
noun
10.
a theologian; scholar in religion.
11.
a priest or member of the clergy.
12.
the Divine.
  1. God.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) the spiritual aspect of humans; the group of attributes and qualities of humankind regarded as godly or godlike.
verb (used with object), divined, divining.
13.
to discover or declare (something obscure or in the future) by divination; prophesy.
14.
to discover (water, metal, etc.) by means of a divining rod.
15.
to perceive by intuition or insight; conjecture.
16.
Archaic. to portend.
verb (used without object), divined, divining.
17.
to use or practice divination; prophesy.
18.
to have perception by intuition or insight; conjecture.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin dīvīnus, equivalent to dīv(us) god + -īnus -ine1; replacing Middle English devin(e) < Old French devin < Latin, as above
Related forms
divinable, adjective
divinely, adverb
divineness, noun
half-divine, adjective
half-divinely, adverb
predivinable, adjective
pseudodivine, adjective
subdivine, adjective
subdivinely, adverb
subdivineness, noun
superdivine, adjective
undivinable, adjective
undivined, adjective
undivining, adjective
Synonyms
13, 17. foretell, predict, foresee, forecast. 15, 18. discern, understand.
Antonyms
5. worldly, mundane.
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  • He believed that future prices were divinely ordained and discoverable through astrological observation.
British Dictionary definitions for divinely

divine

/dɪˈvaɪn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterizing God or a deity
2.
godlike
3.
of, relating to, or associated with religion or worship: the divine liturgy
4.
of supreme excellence or worth
5.
(informal) splendid; perfect
noun
6.
(often capital) the divine, another term for God
7.
a priest, esp one learned in theology
verb
8.
to perceive or understand (something) by intuition or insight
9.
to conjecture (something); guess
10.
to discern (a hidden or future reality) as though by supernatural power
11.
(transitive) to search for (underground supplies of water, metal, etc) using a divining rod
Derived Forms
divinable, adjective
divinely, adverb
divineness, noun
diviner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dīvīnus, from dīvus a god; related to deus a god
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Word Origin and History for divinely
adv.

1580s, from divine (adj.) + -ly (2).

divine

adj.

c.1300, from Old French devin (12c.), from Latin divinus "of a god," from divus "a god," related to deus "god, deity" (see Zeus). Weakened sense of "excellent" had evolved by late 15c.

v.

"to conjure, to guess," originally "to make out by supernatural insight," mid-14c., from Old French deviner, from Vulgar Latin *devinare, dissimilated from *divinare, from Latin divinus (see divine (adj.)), which also meant "soothsayer." Related: Divined; diviner; divining. Divining rod (or wand) attested from 1650s.

n.

c.1300, "soothsayer," from Old French devin, from Latin divinus (adj.); see divine (adj.). Meaning "ecclesiastic, theologian" is from late 14c.

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Encyclopedia Article for divinely

divine

the power, being, or realm understood by religious persons to be at the core of existence and to have a transformative effect on their lives and destinies. Other terms, such as holy, divine, transcendent, ultimate being (or reality), mystery, and perfection (or purity) have been used for this domain. "Sacred" is also an important technical term in the scholarly study and interpretation of religions

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