divine

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See also: Divine and diviné

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: dĭ-vīnʹ, IPA(key): /dɪˈvaɪn/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪn

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French divin, from Latin dīvīnus (of a god), from divus (god).

Adjective[edit]

divine (comparative more divine, superlative most divine)

  1. Of or pertaining to a god.
  2. Eternal, holy, or otherwise godlike.
  3. Of superhuman or surpassing excellence.
  4. Beautiful, heavenly.
  5. (obsolete) Foreboding; prescient.
  6. (obsolete, of souls) immortal; elect or saved after death
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i], page 23, column 1:
      Now Thomas Mowbray do I turne to thee,
      And marke my greeting well: for what I ſpeake,
      My body ſhall make good vpon this earth,
      Or my diuine ſoule anſwer it in heauen.
    • 1632, Thomas Heywood, The Iron Age, Part 2:
      (Of that at leaſure) but the bloody ſtage
      On which to act, Generall this night is thine,
      Thou lyeſt downe mortall, who muſt riſe diuine.
    • 1703, Charles Povey, Meditations of a Divine Soul: Or, the Chriſtian’s Guide, Amidſt the Various Opinions of a vain World, page 594:
      Then rouſe up, my Divine Soul, who art ready for Eternal Glory, and bid the World a final A-dieu, with all its fond Deluſions and gilded Baits of Folly: For the time is now at hand, when thou my moſt precious Jewel, muſt launch out into the Deep of Everlaſting Bliſs
  7. Relating to divinity or theology.
    • 1698, Robert South, Twelve Sermons upon Several Subjects and Occasions:
      church history and other divine learning
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Noun[edit]

divine (plural divines)

  1. One skilled in divinity; a theologian.
    • 1668, John Denham, The Progress of Learning
      Poets were the first divines.
  2. A minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman.
    • December 22, 1820, John Woodbridge, Sermon preached in Hadley in commemoration of the landing our fathers at Plymouth
      The first divines of New England [] were surpassed by none in extensive erudition.
  3. (often capitalized, with 'the') God or a god, particularly in its aspect as a transcendental concept.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Replaced Middle English devine, devin from Middle French deviner, from Latin dīvīnō.

Verb[edit]

divine (third-person singular simple present divines, present participle divining, simple past and past participle divined)

  1. (transitive) To foretell (something), especially by the use of divination.
  2. (transitive) To guess or discover (something) through intuition or insight.
  3. (transitive) To search for (underground objects or water) using a divining rod.
  4. To render divine; to deify.
    • c. 1591-1592, Edmund Spenser, Daphnaïda. An Elegy upon the Death of the Noble and Vertuous Douglas Howard, Daughter and Heire of Henry Lord Howard, Viscount Byndon, and Wife of Arthure Gorges Esquier
      Living on earth like angel new divined.
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French[edit]

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divine

  1. feminine singular of divin

Italian[edit]

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divine

  1. feminine plural of divino

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dīvīnus (of divine origin)

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dīvīnē (comparative dīvīnius, superlative dīvīnissimē)

  1. prophetically, by divine inspiration
  2. divinely, admirably

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References[edit]

  • divine in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • divine in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • divine in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

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divine

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of divinar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of divinar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of divinar.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of divinar.