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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: She divined personal details about her customers based on their clothing and accents.
It was not difficult to divine his true intent.
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 of divine
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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Examples from the Web for divinest
Historical Examples
  • It is one of May's divinest efforts,—a day to make one glad and feel that it is well to be alive.

  • Of mankind he was barely conscious, in his loftiest and divinest flights.

  • Like the satyr in his language too; for he uses the commonest words as the outward mask of the divinest truths.

    Symposium Plato
  • There was the divinest Plague of Athens sold yesterday at Langford's!

    The Belle's Stratagem Hannah Cowley
  • It is a beautiful hope, the very beautifulest and divinest piece of folly a woman can commit.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • And all the moral forces in the world, are strongest, divinest, when clearest of self.

  • We search for the simplest and divinest principles, and seek to spread them among our fellow-beings.

    The Gold Sickle Eugne Sue
  • The divinest faculty in man is that by which truth is discovered.

    The Roman Poets of the Republic William Young Sellar
  • He will no longer fancy that, in order to keep Christianity as the divinest of all, he must fear to feel aught else divine.

    Studies of Christianity James Martineau
  • Surely that was the highest, the divinest, the most perfect way of love!

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
British Dictionary definitions for divinest

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 divinest

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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