divination

Definitions

  • The Divine Shepherd
    The Divine Shepherd
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n divination the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
    • n divination a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
    • n divination successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's largest Gothic cathedral is in new York City. It is the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street. The cathedral measures 601 feet long, 146 feet wide, and has a transept measuring 320 feet from end to end.
    • Divination An indication of what is future or secret; augury omen; conjectural presage; prediction. "Birds which do give a happy divination of things to come."
    • Divination The act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling of future events; the pretended art discovering secret or future by preternatural means. "There shall not be found among you any one that . . . useth divination , or an observer of times, or an enchanter."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 90% believe in divine retribution.
    • n divination The act of divining; the pretended art of foretelling by supernatural or magical means that which is future, or of discovering that which is hidden or obscure. The practice of divination is very ancient, and has played an important part in the theologies of almost all nations. The first attempt to raise divination to the dignity of a science is attributed to the Chaldeans. The innumerable forms which have been in use for thousands of years may be reduced to two classes: that effected by a kind of inspiration or divine afflatus; and
    • n divination Figuratively, a sort of instinctive prevision; a presentiment and knowledge of a future event or events; conjectural presage: omen.
    • n divination In anc. Rom. law: A transaction in a criminal suit, in which one of several accusers of one and the same person was chosen as the chief prosecutor in the case, the others joining in it only as subscribers.
    • n divination The speech or oration asking authority to fill such a rôle. Synonyms Prognostication, etc. See prediction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Divination the act or practice of divining: instinctive prevision: prediction: conjecture
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Quotations

  • Jean Rostand
    Jean%20Rostand
    “The divine is perhaps that quality in man which permits him to endure the lack of God.”
  • Milman
    Milman
    “Too fair to worship, too divine to love.”
  • Heraclitus
    Heraclitus
    “A man's character is his guardian divinity.”
  • Horace Mann
    Horace%20Mann
    “It is well to think well. It is divine to act well.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    Wayne%20Dyer
    “We are Divine enough to ask and we are important enough to receive.”
  • Harold Macmillan
    Harold%20Macmillan
    “We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.”

Idioms

To err is human, to forgive divine - This idiom is used when someone has done something wrong, suggesting that they should be forgiven.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. divinatio, fr. divinare, divinatum, to foresee, foretell, fr. divinus,: cf. F. divination,. See Divine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. divinus, from divus, deus, a god.

Usage

In literature:

No, there was a terrible human misunderstanding of the divine nature, a woeful misinterpretation.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The narratives of the New Testament still further illustrate the manner of the divine compelling.
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson
There are, then, three distinct persons in one divine essence, one divine majesty.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
In theory the divine right of peoples was arrayed against the divine right of kings.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
Of the Ideas which Religion gives us of the Divinity.
"Letters to Eugenia" by Baron d'Holbach
I never had the opportunity of taking a Divinity Course in a Divinity School.
"From Bondage to Liberty in Religion" by George T. Ashley
So he led the writers to tell the story more in full, and he himself emphasized the teaching by his own Divine interposition.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
For a few minutes she kept silent, for as the center of this lovely scene she was divine.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
He was born in innocence, of an immaculate conception, of a ray of the Divine Reason.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
Whatever is good in the world is all of divine initiation and of divine grace.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians" by Charles Gore
O hail, thou sacred sign, Thou pledge illustrious of the care divine!
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
And this was in fact the divine method.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. I" by Charles Gore
For, indeed, there is nothing in the strict sense divine but God Himself.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. II" by Charles Gore
The officers avoided calling my attention to the unusual sight, possibly divining I was already fully excited by it.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
The Son participates in that consciousness of the Divine perfections.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
What are the highest attributes of Divinity, the most Divine characteristics of God?
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. John, Vol. I" by Marcus Dods
A man of compass makes a man of worth; Divine contemplate, and become divine.
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
That which is divine can only be one.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
But the pharaoh must see everything, whatever it be, on which fall the divine rays of Osiris.
"The Pharaoh and the Priest" by Alexander Glovatski
This article relates to two powerful divinities, one ancient and the other modern, which have reigned in our hemisphere.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
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In poetry:

And from her radiant eyes
There shone on soul and sense
The skies'
Divine indifference.
"Art" by Alfred Noyes
Be patient, waiting heart:
Light, Love divine
Is here, and thine;
You therefore cannot part.
"Come Thou" by Mary Baker Eddy
We knew thee of old,
Oh divinely restored,
By the light of thine eyes
And the light of thy Sword.
"The Greek National Anthem" by Rudyard Kipling
Ah me! I shall not waken soon
From dreams of such divinity!
A spirit singing 'neath the moon
To me.
"The Sea Spirit" by Madison Julius Cawein
I know of no profession
'Mong profane or divine,
Excelling in its mission
The power embraced in mine.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
No pen had marred its beauty,
No ink had traced a line,
It did its silent duty
Like a messenger divine.
"The Unwritten Letter" by Jared Barhite

In news:

Expect a groove that is divine and a rhythm that has been resurrected more than once.
In the past, Waters went for over-the-top stunts, like the supremely gross moment in Pink Flamingos when Divine eats a fresh dog turd.
Human 'Nixie' Clerks Divine Addresses.
Tilt's group show is simply Divine.
Portuguese publisher Alexandre Vasconcelos e Sá is opening a new house in his native country called Divina Comédia (which translates, in English, to Divine Comedy).
The Divine Ascension of Rebecca Wells.
Ren Neroli and Grapefruit Body Wash is divine.
The slogan may have been 'Jesus Saves' but the work wasn't so divine.
' Saint John of Las Vegas' hardly a divine comedy.
Was Salvador Dali - who proclaimed himself a genius and "divine" - one of the world's greatest artists or one of the world's biggest showoffs.
"The Divine One" (A Sarah Vaughan Revue).
"THE DIVINE ONE" (A SARAH VAUGHAN REVUE), Black Ensemble Theater.
A Divine Way to Resist Temptation.
The Birth is one of those miracles of literature in which the divine and the temporal.
Witness the results of divine intervention — or perhaps just imagination — among the stars.
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In science:

Wildberger, Divine Proportions: Rational trigonometry to universal geometry, WildEgg, 2005.
Ramdom walks on hypergroup of circles in finite fields
Laplace’s research on the stability of the solar system without divine intervention .
How Random Is Quantum Randomness? An Experimental Approach
Feynman divined that a quantum simulator — a special-purpose "analog" processor built using quantum particles (qubits) — would be inherently adept at such problems [4, 5].
Engineered 2D Ising interactions on a trapped-ion quantum simulator with hundreds of spins
The factors of the classification of protein amino acids. GLASNIK of Montenegrin Academy of Science and arts, 13, 173-194. Rakočević, M. M., 2004a. Further generalization of Golden mean in relation to Euler’s „divine“ equation.
Genetic Code as a Harmonic System: two Supplements
OT/0610044. Rakočević, M. M., 2006b. Further Generalization of Golden Mean in Relation to Euler Divine Equation. math.
Genetic Code as a Harmonic System: two Supplements
Clinical trials methodologists note, with some alarm, how few cluster randomized trials explicitly make note of cluster-level assignment and account for it in the analysis (Divine et al. (1992); MacLennan et al. (2003); Isaakidis and Ioannidis (2003)).
Covariate Balance in Simple, Stratified and Clustered Comparative Studies
Divine, G., Brown, J. and Frazier, L. (1992).
Covariate Balance in Simple, Stratified and Clustered Comparative Studies
The first measurements of trigonometric parallax in the 1830s led to a revolution in establishing the distance scale of the Universe, and in divining the physical properties of the stars.
Hipparcos: a Retrospective
For instance, the authors of Ref.3, consider the dodecahedron as dice for divination; as previously told, these are biased dice, therefore providing just one sort.
Roman Dodecahedron as dioptron: analysis of freely available data
For su(2) and su(3) algebro-geometrical problem in some of these cases is beforehand divined and calculations are being performed using Vafa — Witten’s method (geometric vanishing situation).
Testing S-duality conjecture and exceptional bundles
You can not make a bread into a divine body if it is only atoms, they say.” Indeed, someone filed a denounce against Galileo claiming that is theory was against the dogma of transustantiation.
Dream of a Christmas lecture
And with Democritean science there was political problems already in Roman times: A leftist scholar, Farrington, claims that political stability was thought to reside in some platonic tricks, lies, proposed in ”Republic”: a solid set of unskeptic faith going up the pyramid until the divine celestial gods.
Dream of a Christmas lecture
Phil lips, Wal lace, Divine, and Mandelsweig [PWM].
Electromagnetic structure of the deuteron
To divine the exact nature of the tower including the spacings between the modes and the corresponding eigenfunctions, requires us to solve the graviton equation of motion.
Living on the edge in a spacetime with multiple warping
In fact, the ancient Greeks found it a very interesting and divine number.
h-analogue of Fibonacci Numbers
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