Di·vine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Divined p. pr. & vb. n. Divining.]
1. To foresee or foreknow; to detect; to anticipate; to conjecture.
A sagacity which divined the evil designs. --Bancroft.
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.
1. One skilled in divinity; a theologian. “Poets were the first divines.”
2. A minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman.
The first divines of New England were surpassed by none in extensive erudition. --J. Woodbridge.
1. Of or belonging to God; as, divine perfections; the divine will. “The immensity of the divine nature.”
2. Proceeding from God; as, divine judgments. “Divine protection.”
3. Appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise; religious; pious; holy; as, divine service; divine songs; divine worship.
4. Pertaining to, or proceeding from, a deity; partaking of the nature of a god or the gods. “The divine Apollo said.”
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. 10.
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; preëminent.
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. 11.
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.
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
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: terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God [syn: Godhead,
Lord, Creator, Maker, God Almighty, Almighty,
2: a clergyman or other person in religious orders [syn: cleric,
v 1: perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive
2: search by divining, as if with a rod; "He claimed he could
divine underground water"