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Dictionary Definition

divine adj
1 emanating from God; "divine judgment"; "divine guidance"; "everything is black1 or white...satanic or godlyt"-Saturday Rev. [syn: godly]
2 resulting from divine providence; "providential care"; "a providential visitation" [syn: providential]
3 being or having the nature of a god; "the custom of killing the divine king upon any serious failure of his...powers"-J.G.Frazier; "the divine will"; "the divine capacity for love"; "'Tis wise to learn; 'tis God-like to create"-J.G.Saxe [syn: godlike]
4 devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity; "divine worship"; "divine liturgy"
5 appropriate to or befitting a god; "the divine strength of Achilles"; "a man of godlike sagacity"; "man must play God for he has acquired certain godlike powers"-R.H.Roveref [syn: godlike]
6 of such surpassing excellence as to suggest divine inspiration; "her pies were simply divine"; "the divine Shakespeare"; "an elysian meal"; "an inspired performance" [syn: elysian, inspired]


1 terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God [syn: Godhead, Lord, Creator, Maker, God Almighty, Almighty, Jehovah]
2 a clergyman or other person in religious orders [syn: cleric, churchman, ecclesiastic]


1 perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers
2 search by divining, as if with a rod; "He claimed he could divine underground water"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /dɪˈvaɪn/, /dI"vaIn/

Etymology 1

From devin, from divinus, from divus.


  1. of or pertaining to a god
  2. eternal, holy, or otherwise supernatural.
  3. of superhuman or surpassing excellence
  4. beautiful, heavenly
of or pertaining to a god
eternal, holy or otherwise supernatural
of superhuman or surpassing excellence
beautiful, heavenly


  1. a theologian or cleric
  2. (the Divine) a metaphor for a deity, especially the Christian one.
Derived terms
theologian, cleric
a deity
See: deity

Etymology 2

From divinus.


  1. to foretell (something), especially by the use of divination
  2. to guess (something)
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 250c.
      I suppose that we truly are divining that what is is some third thing when we say that change and stability are.
  3. to search for (underground objects or water) using a divining rod
foretell (something)
guess (something)
search for (underground objects or water) using a divining rod



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  1. feminine form of divin



  1. feminine plural form of divino



From divinus



  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

Extensive Definition

Divine may refer to:

See also

divine in Spanish: Divine (desambiguación)
divine in French: Divine

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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