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DIVINE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Divine mean? 

DIVINE (noun)
  The noun DIVINE has 2 senses:

1. terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God
2. a clergyman or other person in religious orders

  Familiarity information: DIVINE used as a noun is rare.


DIVINE (adjective)
  The adjective DIVINE has 6 senses:

1. emanating from God
2. resulting from divine providence
3. being or having the nature of a god
4. devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity
5. appropriate to or befitting a god
6. being of such surpassing excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods

  Familiarity information: DIVINE used as an adjective is common.


DIVINE (verb)
  The verb DIVINE has 2 senses:

1. perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers
2. search by divining, as if with a rod

  Familiarity information: DIVINE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DIVINE (noun)


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Meaning:

Terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Almighty; Lord; Godhead; God Almighty; Divine; Creator; Jehovah; Maker

Instance hypernyms:

God; Supreme Being (the supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object of worship in monotheistic religions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Divine"):

Blessed Trinity; Holy Trinity; Sacred Trinity; Trinity (the union of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost in one Godhead)

hypostasis; hypostasis of Christ (any of the three persons of the Godhead constituting the Trinity especially the person of Christ in which divine and human natures are united)


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Meaning:

A clergyman or other person in religious orders

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

churchman; cleric; ecclesiastic; divine

Hypernyms ("divine" is a kind of...):

clergyman; man of the cloth; reverend (a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "divine"):

ordainer (a cleric who ordains; a cleric who admits someone to holy orders)

pardoner (a medieval cleric who raised money for the church by selling papal indulgences)

pluralist (a cleric who holds more than one benefice at a time)

Instance hyponyms:

a Kempis; Thomas a Kempis (German ecclesiastic (1380-1471))

Bruno; Saint Bruno; St. Bruno ((Roman Catholic Church) a French cleric (born in Germany) who founded the Carthusian order in 1084 (1032-1101))


DIVINE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Emanating from God

Synonyms:

divine; godly

Context examples:

divine judgment / divine guidance / everything is black1 or white...satanic or godly

Similar:

heavenly (of or belonging to heaven or god)


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Meaning:

Resulting from divine providence

Synonyms:

divine; providential

Context examples:

providential care / a providential visitation

Similar:

heavenly (of or belonging to heaven or god)


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Meaning:

Being or having the nature of a god

Synonyms:

godlike; divine

Context examples:

the custom of killing the divine king upon any serious failure of his...powers / the divine will / the divine capacity for love / 'Tis wise to learn; 'tis God-like to create

Similar:

heavenly (of or belonging to heaven or god)


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Meaning:

Devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity

Context examples:

divine worship / divine liturgy

Similar:

sacred (concerned with religion or religious purposes)


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Meaning:

Appropriate to or befitting a god

Synonyms:

godlike; divine

Context examples:

the divine strength of Achilles / a man of godlike sagacity / man must play God for he has acquired certain godlike powers

Similar:

superhuman (above or beyond the human or demanding more than human power or endurance)


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Meaning:

Being of such surpassing excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods

Synonyms:

inspired; elysian; divine

Context examples:

her pies were simply divine / the divine Shakespeare / an elysian meal / an inspired performance

Similar:

glorious (having or deserving or conferring glory)


DIVINE (verb)


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Meaning:

Perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Hypernyms (to "divine" is one way to...):

comprehend; perceive (to become aware of through the senses)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "divine"):

chiromance (divine by reading someone's palms)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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Meaning:

Search by divining, as if with a rod

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

He claimed he could divine underground water

Hypernyms (to "divine" is one way to...):

look for; search; seek (try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "divine"):

dowse (use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


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