There are 2 definitions of divine in English:


Syllabification: di·vine
Pronunciation: /diˈvīn

adjective (diviner, divinest)

1Of, from, or like God or a god: heroes with divine powers paintings of shipwrecks being prevented by divine intervention
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  • 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.
godly, angelic, seraphic, saintly, beatific; heavenly, celestial, supernal, holy
1.1Devoted to God; sacred: divine liturgy
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  • 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.
religious, holy, sacred, sanctified, consecrated, blessed, devotional
2 informal dated Excellent; delightful: that succulent clementine tasted divine he had the most divine smile
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
theologian, clergyman, clergywoman, member of the clergy, churchman, churchwoman, cleric, minister, man/woman of the cloth, preacher, priest
informal reverend
2 (the Divine) Providence or God.
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  • 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.


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin divinus, from divus 'godlike' (related to deus 'god').



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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.

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apt in the circumstances or relation to something

There are 2 definitions of divine in English:


Syllabification: di·vine
Pronunciation: /


[with object]
1Discover (something) by guesswork or intuition: his brother usually divined his ulterior motives [with clause]: they had divined that he was a fake
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  • 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.
guess, surmise, conjecture, deduce, infer; discern, intuit, perceive, recognize, see, realize, appreciate, understand, grasp, comprehend
informal figure (out), savvy
1.1Have supernatural or magical insight into (future events): frauds who claimed to divine the future in chickens' entrails
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  • 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.
1.2Discover (water) by dowsing.
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  • 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.


late Middle English: from Old French deviner 'predict', from Latin divinare, from divinus (see divine1).



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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.
fortune teller, clairvoyant, psychic, seer, soothsayer, prognosticator, prophesier, oracle, sibyl, crystal gazer

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