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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Divine


DIVINE, adjective [Latin , a god.]

1. Pertaining to the true God; as the divine nature; divine perfections.

2. Pertaining to a heathen deity, or to false gods.

3. Partaking of the nature of God.

Half human, half divine

4. Proceeding from God; as divine judgments.

5. Godlike; heavenly; excellent in the highest degree; extraordinary; apparently above what is human. In this application the word admits of comparison; as a divine invention; a divine genius; the divinest mind.

A divine sentence is in the lips of the king. Proverbs 16:10.

6. Presageful; foreboding; prescient. [Not used.]

7. Appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise; as divine service; divine songs; divine worship.

DIVINE, noun

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

The first divines of New England were surpassed by none in extensive erudition, personal sanctity, and diligence in the pastoral office.

2. A man skilled in divinity; a theologian; as a great divine

DIVINE, verb transitive [Latin]

1. To foreknow; to foretell; to presage.

Darst thou divine his downfall?

2. To deify. [Not in use.]

DIVINE, verb intransitive

1. To use or practice divination.

2. To utter presages or prognostications.

The prophets thereof divine for money. Micah 3:6.

3. To have presages or forebodings.

Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts--

4. To guess or conjecture.

Could you divine what lovers bear.