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DIVINITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does divinity mean? 

DIVINITY (noun)
  The noun DIVINITY has 4 senses:

1. any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
2. the quality of being divine
3. white creamy fudge made with egg whites
4. the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth

  Familiarity information: DIVINITY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DIVINITY (noun)


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Meaning:

Any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

deity; divinity; god; immortal

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

spiritual being; supernatural being (an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events)

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

Japanese deity (a deity worshipped by the Japanese)

goddess (a female deity)

earth god; earth-god (a god of fertility and vegetation)

demiurge (a subordinate deity, in some philosophies the creator of the universe)

Graeco-Roman deity; Greco-Roman deity (a deity of classical mythology)

Greek deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks)

Roman deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Romans)

Norse deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Norsemen)

Teutonic deity ((German mythology) a deity worshipped by the ancient Teutons)

Anglo-Saxon deity ((Anglo-Saxon mythology) a deity worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons)

Phrygian deity (deity of the ancient Phrygians of west central Asia Minor)

saint (a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization)

god of war; war god (a god worshipped as giving victory in war)

Chinese deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Chinese)

sea god (a deity that personifies the sea and is usually believed to live in or to control the sea)

sun god (a god that personifies the sun or is otherwise associated with the sun)

Celtic deity (a deity worshipped by the Celts)

Egyptian deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Egyptians)

Semitic deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Semites)

snake god; zombi; zombie (a god of voodoo cults of African origin worshipped especially in West Indies)

daemon; demigod (a person who is part mortal and part god)

Instance hyponyms:

Quetzalcoatl (an Aztec deity represented as a plumed serpent)

Demogorgon ((Greek mythology) a mysterious and terrifying deity of the underworld)

Hypnos ((Greek mythology) the Greek god of sleep; the son of Nyx)

Morpheus (the Roman god of sleep and dreams)

Fates; Three Weird Sisters; Weird Sisters (a group of three goddesses of destiny)

Arhant; Arhat; lohan (a Buddhist who has attained Nirvana)

Persian deity (a deity worshiped by the ancient Persians)

Boddhisatva; Bodhisattva (Buddhist worthy of Nirvana who postpones it to help others)

Hindu deity (a deity worshipped by the Hindus)

Holonyms ("divinity" is a member of...):

pantheon (all the gods of a religion)


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Meaning:

The quality of being divine

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

ancient Egyptians believed in the divinity of the Pharaohs

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

quality (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone)


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Meaning:

White creamy fudge made with egg whites

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

divinity fudge; divinity

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

fudge (soft creamy candy)


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Meaning:

The rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

theology; divinity

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

bailiwick; branch of knowledge; discipline; field; field of study; study; subject; subject area; subject field (a branch of knowledge)

Domain member category:

theology (the learned profession acquired by specialized courses in religion (usually taught at a college or seminary))

catechetic; catechetical (of or relating to or involving catechesis)

fundamentalist; fundamentalistic (of or relating to or tending toward fundamentalism)

universalist; universalistic (of or relating to or tending toward universalism)

deadly; mortal (involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death)

minor; venial (warranting only temporal punishment)

theological system; theology (a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings)

Creation ((theology) God's act of bringing the universe into existence)

foreordination; predestination; predetermination; preordination ((theology) being determined in advance; especially the doctrine (usually associated with Calvin) that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity (including the final salvation of mankind))

theanthropism ((theology) the doctrine that Jesus was a union of the human and the divine)

divine guidance; inspiration ((theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings)

purgatory ((theology) in Roman Catholic theology the place where those who have died in a state of grace undergo limited torment to expiate their sins)

limbo ((theology) in Roman Catholicism, the place of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls (such as infants and virtuous individuals))

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

angelology (the branch of theology that is concerned with angels)

theodicy (the branch of theology that defends God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil)

liturgics; liturgiology (the study of liturgies)

homiletics (the branch of theology that deals with sermons and homilies)

hermeneutics (the branch of theology that deals with principles of exegesis)

eschatology (the branch of theology that is concerned with such final things as death and judgment; heaven and hell; the end of the world)

ecclesiology (the branch of theology concerned with the nature and the constitution and the functions of a church)

apologetics (the branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of Christian doctrines)


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