adjective (diviner, divinest)
- 1Of or like God or a god: heroes with divine powers paintings of shipwrecks being prevented by divine interventionMore example sentences
- Evidently this was the limit imposed by divine providence upon that sort of folly.
- I wandered about in my swimming costume for a bit hoping for divine intervention.
- York City's push for back to back wins was unhinged by divine intervention.
- 1.1Devoted to God; sacred: divine liturgyMore example sentences
- Any authority will do, any divine mission, any sacred fatherland or revolution.
- Doni insists, nonetheless, that Michelangelo's voluptuous simulations of sacred bodies are potentially divine in origin.
- Strokes of the script gain a rhythmic and ritualistic hue as Raju creates divine and sacred forms with them.
- 2 • informal Very pleasing; delightful: he had the most divine smileMore example sentences
lovely, handsome, beautiful, good-looking, prepossessing, charming, delightful, appealing, engaging, winsome, ravishing, gorgeous, bewitching, beguiling; wonderful, glorious, marvellous, excellent, superlative, perfect; delicious, mouth-watering, delectable; Scottish & Northern English bonny• informal heavenly, sublime, dreamy, sensational, knockout, stunning, super, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, great, tasty, fanciable, easy on the eye, a sight for sore eyes, as nice as pieNorth American • informal cuteAustralian/New Zealand • informal beaut• formal beauteous• dated taking• rare sightly
- In the wings, the divine Edwina smiled on serenely.
- They weren't laws that came from some fair or divine place.
- Evidently, his divine brilliance is too great for mere mortals.
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- 1 • dated A cleric or theologian.More example sentences
- There are also many references to contemporary natural sciences and a healthy smattering of Anglican divines, including Hooker, Andrewes, and Herbert.
- Bishops, in classical Anglicanism, have often been divines themselves-thoughtful scholars as well as administrative functionaries.
- Even the 5 percent of the nation who made up the Catholic recusants succumbed to an intellectual onslaught led by Anglican divines.
- 2 (the Divine) Providence or God.More example sentences
- After all, the Divine is an all-encompassing entity.
- This is how we are made in the image of the Divine.
- After all, the Divine made you the way that They wanted.
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- The Ten Commandments are recognized by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike as divinely given.
- Christ and his followers will then return to a divinely refurbished earth for a thousand-year reign of peace and love.
- The batter on this large appetizer portion was divinely light, thin and textured as it clung to the melt-in-your-mouth squid.
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- This is what gives the relationship, the shape of enduring divineness.
- It makes room for some of that divineness to enter.
- A blue mist swept through the room, but in the blink of an eye, it was gone, leaving nothing in its wake but a feeling of divineness.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin divinus, from divus 'godlike' (related to deus 'god').
- 1Discover (something) by guesswork or intuition: mum had divined my state of mind [with clause]: they had divined that he was a fakeMore example sentences
guess, surmise, conjecture, suspect, suppose, assume, presume, deduce, infer, work out, theorize, hypothesize; discern, intuit, perceive, recognize, see, realize, appreciate, understand, grasp, apprehend, comprehend; North American figureNorth American • informal savvy• rare cognize
- The reader is not supposed to have to divine the meaning that lies behind the ramblings and jottings of the writer.
- Chen, the temple's caretaker, spent months divining what images, scenes and poems should canopy worshippers.
- I hadn't correctly divined your attitude towards your tenants.
- 2Have supernatural or magical insight into (future events): frauds who claimed to divine the future in chickens' entrailsMore example sentences
- Once this meaning or purpose has been divined, then the past, present, and future can be seen as conforming to some kind of structure or shape.
- Do Warren and Pearson suggest that lenders are clairvoyants who can divine what direction prices will take in future years?
- And from this alleged mutter, trained exegetes in the press are now divining the entire political infrastructure of the Vatican.
- 2.1Discover (water) by dowsing: he showed him how to divine waterMore example sentences
dowse, find by dowsing
- Dowsing and divining water is the subject of the club's talk today.
- Talking of which, I discovered a talent yesterday I didn't know I had… water divining!
- The only way to get a really good signal is to wander around with the antenna stretched out, as if you're divining for water.
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- Every decision surrounding the production was made after Norbu carefully consulted with yogis, oracles and diviners.
- A number of people are recognized as clairvoyants and diviners, working sometimes within and sometimes outside the Christian churches.
- They ask soothsayers and diviners to find out the cause of problems and to suggest remedies.
late Middle English: from Old French deviner 'predict', from Latin divinare, from divinus (see divine1).