divine

Definitions

  • The Divine Shepherd
    The Divine Shepherd
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj divine being of such surpassing excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods "her pies were simply divine","the divine Shakespeare","an elysian meal","an inspired performance"
    • adj divine emanating from God "divine judgment","divine guidance","everything is black or white...satanic or godly"-Saturday Review"
    • adj divine being or having the nature of a god; 'tis God-like to create"-J.G.Saxe "the custom of killing the divine king upon any serious failure of his...powers"-J.G.Frazier","the divine will","the divine capacity for love","'Tis wise to learn"
    • adj divine resulting from divine providence "providential care","a providential visitation"
    • adj divine appropriate to or befitting a god "the divine strength of Achilles","a man of godlike sagacity","man must play God for he has acquired certain godlike powers"-R.H.Roveref"
    • adj divine devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity "divine worship","divine liturgy"
    • v divine search by divining, as if with a rod "He claimed he could divine underground water"
    • v divine perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers
    • n Divine terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God
    • n divine a clergyman or other person in religious orders
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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.
    • Divine A minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman. "The first divines of New England were surpassed by none in extensive erudition."
    • Divine Appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise; religious; pious; holy; as, divine service; divine songs; divine worship.
    • Divine Godlike; heavenly; excellent in the highest degree; supremely admirable; apparently above what is human. In this application, the word admits of comparison; as, the divinest mind. "The divine Desdemona.""A divine sentence is in the lips of the king.""But not to one in this benighted age
      Is that diviner inspiration given."
    • Divine Of or belonging to God; as, divine perfections; the divine will. "The immensity of the divine nature."
    • Divine One skilled in divinity; a theologian. "Poets were the first divines ."
    • Divine Pertaining to, or proceeding from, a deity; partaking of the nature of a god or the gods. "The divine Apollo said."
    • Divine Presageful; foreboding; prescient. "Yet oft his heart, divine of something ill,
      Misgave him."
    • Divine Proceeding from God; as, divine judgments. "Divine protection."
    • Divine Relating to divinity or theology. "Church history and other divine learning."
    • Divine To conjecture or guess; as, to divine rightly.
    • Divine To foresee or foreknow; to detect; to anticipate; to conjecture. "A sagacity which divined the evil designs."
    • Divine To foretell; to predict; to presage. "Darest thou . . . divine his downfall?"
    • Divine To have or feel a presage or foreboding. "Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts."
    • Divine To render divine; to deify. "Living on earth like angel new divined .""Blessed and divinified soul."
    • Divine To use or practice divination; to foretell by divination; to utter prognostications. "The prophets thereof divine for money."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 90% believe in divine retribution.
    • divine Pertaining to, of the nature of, or proceeding from God, or a god or heathen deity: as, divine perfections; divine judgments; the divine honors paid to the Roman emperors; a being half human, half divine; divine oracles.
    • divine Addressed or appropriated to God; religious; sacred: as, divine worship; divine service, songs, or ascriptions.
    • divine Godlike; heavenly; excellent in the highest degree; extraordinary; apparently above what is human.
    • divine Divining; presageful; foreboding; prescient.
    • divine Relating to divinity or theology.
    • divine Of the clergy, a claim of divine authority for particular persons and particular forms of ecclesiastical government. An instance in the Roman Catholic Church is the still unsettled claim of the bishops to power in their several dioceses, as opposed to the papal theory that they rule mediately through the pope.
    • divine Synonyms Holy, sacred.
    • divine Supernatural, superhuman.
    • n divine A man skilled in divinity; a theologian: as, a great divine; “the Revelation of St. John the Divine.”
    • n divine A minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman.
    • n divine A diviner; a prophet.
    • n divine Divinity.
    • n divine Synonyms Clergyman, Priest, etc. See minister, n.
    • divine To learn or make out by or as if by divination; foretell; presage.
    • divine To make out by observation or otherwise; conjecture; guess.
    • divine To render divine; deify; consecrate; sanctify.
    • divine Synonyms To prognosticate, predict, prophesy.
    • divine To see through, penetrate.
    • divine To use or practise divination.
    • divine To afford or impart presages of the future; utter presages or prognostications.
    • divine To have presages or forebodings.
    • divine To make a guess or conjecture: as, you have divined rightly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Divine di-vīn′ belonging to or proceeding from God: devoted to God's service: holy: sacred: excellent in the highest degree
    • n Divine one skilled in divine things: a minister of the gospel: a theologian
    • v.t Divine to foresee or foretell as if divinely inspired: to guess or make out
    • v.i Divine to profess or practise divination: to have forebodings
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Quotations

  • Meher Baba
    Meher Baba
    “A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is sound. A mind that is still is divine.”
  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “Study the past if you would divine the future.”
  • Max Eastman
    Max Eastman
    “A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.”
  • Henry Miller
    Henry%20Miller
    “And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words?”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.”
  • Sun Tzu
    Sun%20Tzu
    “O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands.”

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. divinus, a soothsayer, LL., a theologian. See Divine (a.)

Usage

In literature:

This is the divine Not-Self, the divine Matter, the manifested Nature.
"Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries" by Annie Besant
And least of all can it imagine that it should be an object of Divine complacency, or a fit vessel for the Divine blessing.
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray
He is a receptive agent of Divine force, to the intent that he may interpret a Divine purpose.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
Surely the Image Divine is made of the Spirit!
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Knowing their divine Saviour, they know the divinity of his word.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
It not only perceives the divine character, but feels its relation to God.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
Such appeal to divine or quasi-divine beings began early in religious history.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
This is true both of divine promises and of divine threats.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
In the Church of England divines may hold either view of this question.
"The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election" by Robert Wallace
All power is of God; and if of God, divine; and if divine, in accordance with his holy law.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Everything was subordinated to this Divine realisation and to his Divine purpose.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
Divining that some one was near him giving no heed to his orders he turned his head.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Our intelligent landlord at once divined his meaning.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
That she was unaware of any discovery, even if she divined the storm in him at all, was clear from the way she went on speaking.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
Cassandra, daughter of Priam, consented to her prayer, if Apollo would grant to her the power of divination.
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
And Mrs. Mucklow was uneasily conscious that her sons' ill luck was regarded by her sister-in-law as part of a Divine dispensation.
"The Soul of Susan Yellam" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Each Menu transmits his empire to his sons during seventy-one divine ages.
"Astronomical Myths" by John F. Blake
The Divine Spirit is no larger than the human spirit, for neither of them has any largeness at all.
"What and Where is God?" by Richard La Rue Swain
His sectaries, oppressed and persecuted, rose in arms against Mohammed Shah, anticipating victory through divine interposition.
"Bahaism and Its Claims" by Samuel Graham Wilson
Grace now yielded to brutality, beauty to ugliness, the divine to the cynical.
"On the Cross" by Wilhelmine von Hillern
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In poetry:

If it only serves to strengthen
Yearnings for a higher good,
For the fount of living waters
And diviner food;
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
And now again the Autumn skies,
As on that evening, shine,
When, from a trance of agony,
I woke to joy divine.
"A Dream That Was Not All A Dream" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Mary Pickford, doll divine,
Year by year, and every day
At the movmg-picture play,
You have been my valentine.
"To Mary Pickford" by Vachel Lindsay
And Bryant's "To a Water-fowl!"
Had praise in every line,
And every word about the bird
Impinged on the divine.
"Birds And Bards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
And now, great Nature sends on high
Her orison of prayer,
And wears upon her sacred face
A smile divinely fair.
"Sabbath" by James Avis Bartley
Jesus is worthy to receive
Honor and power divine;
And blessings more than we can give,
Be, Lord, for ever thine.
"Hymn 62" by Isaac Watts

In news:

WASHINGTON— Intuition may lead people toward a belief in the divine and help explain why some people have more faith in God than others, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
Gordon Bowker, in James Joyce : A New Biography, refers endlessly to the writer as "Dublin's Dante," though it's for human rather than divine comedy that Joyce's writing is beloved.
Great Music in a Great Space at St John the Divine .
In Poland, sex is divine.
' Is it possible, then, to believe that the evils which Jesus lived to destroy are real or the offspring of the divine will.
Making a less-than-lovely loo divine.
Especially one for an area as large as North America -- presents mapmakers with quite a challenge: divining where its users want to go, where they're starting out from and what level of detail they want.
Stiger, 82, of South Williamsport, died Sunday, Sept 16, 2012, at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital.
As I sat in Mass last Sunday at Our Lady of Divine Providence Catholic Church in Metairie, parishioners received sad news about our former pastor, Monsignor Milton Reisch.
If you said "contemplating the trinity" or "debating Jesus' human and divine natures," you would be wrong.
The Gospel, both the divine text and the divine music, is based in forgiveness and mercy, not revenge and punishment.
President Does Not Claim Divinity Is on His Side, Gerson Contends.
Stokesia laevis 'Divinity' PPAF from Emerald Coast Growers represents a leap forward for this stalwart perennial.
To make good on corrections, divine.
With Christianity the divine region becomes both transcendent and personal because Logos is Christ.
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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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