What does divine mean?

Definitions for divine

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word divine.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Godhead, Lord, Creator, Maker, Divine, God Almighty, Almighty, Jehovahnoun

    terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God

  2. cleric, churchman, divine, ecclesiasticadjective

    a clergyman or other person in religious orders

  3. divine, godlyadjective

    emanating from God

    "divine judgment"; "divine guidance"; "everything is black or white...satanic or godly"-Saturday Review

  4. providential, divineadjective

    resulting from divine providence

    "providential care"; "a providential visitation"

  5. divine, godlikeadjective

    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

  6. divineadjective

    devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity

    "divine worship"; "divine liturgy"

  7. divine, godlikeadjective

    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

  8. divine, elysian, inspiredverb

    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"

  9. divineverb

    perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers

  10. divineverb

    search by divining, as if with a rod

    "He claimed he could divine underground water"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DIVINEadjective

    Etymology: divinus, Latin.

    Her line
    Was hero-make, half human, half divine. Dryden.

    The benefit of nature’s light is not thought excluded as unnecessary, because the necessity of a divine light is magnified. Richard Hooker.

    Instructed, you’d explore
    Divine contrivance, and a God adore. Richard Blackmore, Creation.

    The divinest and richest mind,
    Both by art’s purchase and by nature’s dower,
    That ever was from heav’n to earth confin’d. Davies.

    Yet oft his heart, divine of something ill,
    Misgave him; he the fault’ring measure felt. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

  2. Divinenoun

    Claudio must die to-morrow: let him be furnished with divines, and have all charitable preparation. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Meas.

    Give Martius leave to proceed in his discourse; for he spoke like a divine in armour. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    A divine has nothing to say to the wisest congregation, which he may not express in a manner to be understood by the meanest among them. Jonathan Swift.

    Th’ eternal cause in their immortal lines
    Was taught, and poets were the first divines. John Denham.

  3. To Divineverb

    Etymology: divino, Latin.

    Why do’st thou say king Richard is depos’d?
    Dar’st thou, thou little better thing than earth,
    Divine his downfall? William Shakespeare.

  4. To Divineverb

    Then is Cæsar and he knit together. —— —— If I were to divine of this unity, I would not prophesy so. William Shakespeare.

    The prophets thereof divine for money. Mic. iii. 11.

    If secret powers
    Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts,
    This pretty lad will prove our country’s bliss. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    The best of commentators can but guess at his meaning; none can be certain he has divined rightly. John Dryden, Juv. Dedic.

    He took it with a bow, and soon divin’d
    The seeming toy was not for nought design’d. John Dryden, Fables.

    In change of torment would be ease,
    Could you divine what lovers bear;
    Even you, Prometheus, would confess
    There is no virtue like despair. George Granville.


  1. divine

    Divinity or the divine are things that are either related to, devoted to, or proceeding from a deity. What is or is not divine may be loosely defined, as it is used by different belief systems.


  1. divine

    Divine can be defined as something related to or coming from a god or deity. It can also refer to being godly, sacred, or heavenly in nature.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Divineadjective

    of or belonging to God; as, divine perfections; the divine will

  2. Divineadjective

    proceeding from God; as, divine judgments

  3. Divineadjective

    appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise; religious; pious; holy; as, divine service; divine songs; divine worship

  4. Divineadjective

    pertaining to, or proceeding from, a deity; partaking of the nature of a god or the gods

  5. Divineadjective

    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

  6. Divineadjective

    presageful; foreboding; prescient

  7. Divineadjective

    relating to divinity or theology

  8. Divineadjective

    one skilled in divinity; a theologian

  9. Divineadjective

    a minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman

  10. Divineverb

    to foresee or foreknow; to detect; to anticipate; to conjecture

  11. Divineverb

    to foretell; to predict; to presage

  12. Divineverb

    to render divine; to deify

  13. Divineverb

    to use or practice divination; to foretell by divination; to utter prognostications

  14. Divineverb

    to have or feel a presage or foreboding

  15. Divineverb

    to conjecture or guess; as, to divine rightly

  16. Etymology: [L. divinus a soothsayer, LL., a theologian. See Divine, a.]


  1. Divine

    Divine, born Harris Glenn Milstead, was an American actor, singer and drag queen. Associated with independent filmmaker John Waters, he was a character actor, usually performing female roles in cinematic and theatrical appearances, and adopted a female drag persona for his music career; People magazine described him as the "Drag Queen of the Century". Born in Maryland to a conservative, middle-class family, he embraced the counterculture of the 1960s and became involved with Waters's acting troupe, the Dreamlanders, starring in early Waters films Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble. Hits on the U.S. midnight movie circuit, the films became cult classics. In the 1970s, Divine moved to theater, appearing with The Cockettes before performing in Women Behind Bars and The Neon Woman. Continuing cinematic work, he starred in Polyester, Lust in the Dust and Hairspray. In 1981 Divine embarked on a disco career producing Hi-NRG tracks, most written by Bobby Orlando, achieving global chart success with hits like "You Think You're a Man", "I'm So Beautiful" and "Walk Like a Man". Divine died in Los Angeles, California from cardiomegaly in 1988.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Divine

    di-vīn′, adj. belonging to or proceeding from God: devoted to God's service: holy: sacred: excellent in the highest degree.—n. one skilled in divine things: a minister of the gospel: a theologian.—v.t. to foresee or foretell as if divinely inspired: to guess or make out.—v.i. to profess or practise divination: to have forebodings.—ns. Divinā′tion, the act or practice of divining: instinctive prevision: prediction: conjecture; Div′inātor, Divīn′er, one who divines or professes divination: a conjecturer:—fem. Divin′eress.—adjs. Divinatō′rial, Divin′a-tory, relating to divination, conjectural.—adv. Divine′ly.—ns. Divine′ness; Divin′ing-rod, a rod, usually of hazel, used by those professing to discover water or metals under ground.—vs.t. Div′inise, Divin′ify, to treat as divine. [Fr.,—L. divinus, from divus, deus, a god.]

Editors Contribution

  1. divinenoun

    Containing two atoms of a specific drill instructed by means of traveling through time born in the form used before the name by which a man was originally known. 1.) discover something by guesswork or intuition. Have supernatural or magical insight into future events. Discovering new water by dowsing.

    Man was formed after the image of a divine source which was the Most High himself idea.

    Etymology: Originally magical

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 29, 2024  

  2. divine

    The intuitive knowing we are all spiritual beings having a human experience on earth.

    The divine means each and every soul on this earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Divine is ranked #10890 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Divine surname appeared 2,926 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Divine.

    84% or 2,460 total occurrences were White.
    7.7% or 228 total occurrences were Black.
    3.5% or 104 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 70 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.7% or 51 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 13 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'divine' in Adjectives Frequency: #872

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of divine in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of divine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of divine in a Sentence

  1. Goa Kerle:

    The universe is either divine or it is not. If it is, it came to existence by itself and it is God. If it is not, it requires divinity to exist. Because there must be divinity for the universe to make sense.

  2. Herbert Spencer:

    Divine right of kings means the divine right of anyone who can get uppermost.

  3. Charlton Heston:

    Mainstream America is depending on you - counting on you - to draw your sword and fight for them. These people have precious little time or resources to battle misguided Cinderella attitudes, the fringe propaganda of the homosexual coalition, the feminists who preach that it's a divine duty for women to hate men, blacks who raise a militant fist with one hand, while they seek preference with the other.

  4. Susan M. Watkins:

    I think that wherever your journey takes you, there are new gods waiting there, with divine patience -- and laughter.

  5. Heather Lydia Thornhill:

    Your heart is like a divine scroll that unfolds into life like the stories of angels in flight.

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