Hypertext Webster Gateway: "divine"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Divine \Di*vine"\, v. i.
1. To use or practice divination; to foretell by divination;
to utter prognostications.

The prophets thereof divine for money. --Micah iii.

2. To have or feel a presage or foreboding.

Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts. --Shak.

3. To conjecture or guess; as, to divine rightly.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Divine \Di*vine"\, a. [Compar. {Diviner}; superl. {Divinest}.]
[F. divin, L. divinus divine, divinely inspired, fr. divus,
dius, belonging to a deity; akin to Gr. ?, and L. deus, God.
See {Deity}.]
1. Of or belonging to God; as, divine perfections; the divine
will. ``The immensity of the divine nature.'' --Paley.

2. Proceeding from God; as, divine judgments. ``Divine
protection.'' --Bacon.

3. Appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise; religious;
pious; holy; as, divine service; divine songs; divine

4. Pertaining to, or proceeding from, a deity; partaking of
the nature of a god or the gods. ``The divine Apollo
said.'' --Shak.

5. 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. Sir J. Davies. ``The divine Desdemona.''

A divine sentence is in the lips of the king.
--Prov. xvi.

But not to one in this benighted age Is that diviner
inspiration given. --Gray.

6. Presageful; foreboding; prescient. [Obs.]

Yet oft his heart, divine of something ill, Misgave
him. --Milton.

7. Relating to divinity or theology.

Church history and other divine learning. --South.

Syn: Supernatural; superhuman; godlike; heavenly; celestial;
pious; holy; sacred; pre["e]minent.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Divine \Di*vine"\, n. [L. divinus a soothsayer, LL., a
theologian. See {Divine}, a.]
1. One skilled in divinity; a theologian. ``Poets were the
first divines.'' --Denham.

2. A minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman.

The first divines of New England were surpassed by
none in extensive erudition. --J.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Divine \Di*vine"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Divined}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Divining}.] [L. divinare: cf. F. deviner. See
1. To foresee or foreknow; to detect; to anticipate; to

A sagacity which divined the evil designs.

2. To foretell; to predict; to presage.

Darest thou . . . divine his downfall? --Shak.

3. To render divine; to deify. [Obs.]

Living on earth like angel new divined. --Spenser.

Syn: To foretell; predict; presage; prophesy; prognosticate;
forebode; guess; conjecture; surmise.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: emanating from God; "divine judgment"; "divine guidance";
"everything is black1 or white...satanic or
godlyt"-Saturday Rev. [syn: {godly}]
2: resulting from divine providence; "providential care"; "a
providential visitation" [syn: {providential}]
3: being or having the nature of a god; "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; 'tis God-like to
create"-J.G.Saxe [syn: {godlike}]
4: devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity; "divine
worship"; "divine liturgy"
5: 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
[syn: {godlike}]
6: of such surpassing excellence as to suggest divine
inspiration; "her pies were simply divine"; "the divine
Shakespeare"; "an elysian meal"; "an inspired performance"
[syn: {elysian}, {inspired}]
n 1: the Judeo-Christian God [syn: {Godhead}, {Lord}, {Creator},
{Maker}, {Divine}, {God Almighty}, {Almighty}, {Jehovah}]
2: a clergyman or other person in religious orders [syn: {cleric},
{churchman}, {ecclesiastic}]
v 1: perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive
2: search by divining, as if with a rod, of underground water
or metals
3: discover intuitively

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