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[n] the Judeo-Christian God
[n] a clergyman or other person in religious orders
[adj] of such surpassing excellence as to suggest divine inspiration; "her pies were simply divine"; "the divine Shakespeare"; "an elysian meal"; "an inspired performance"
[adj] emanating from God; "divine judgment"; "divine guidance"; "everything is black1 or white...satanic or godlyt"-Saturday Rev.
[adj] 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
[adj] resulting from divine providence; "providential care"; "a providential visitation"
[adj] 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] devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity; "divine worship"; "divine liturgy"
[v] discover intuitively
[v] search by divining, as if with a rod, of underground water or metals
[v] perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers

Misc. Definitions

\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 worship.
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.'' --Shak. 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; pre["e]minent.
\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. Woodbridge.
\Di*vine"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Divined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Divining}.] [L. divinare: cf. F. deviner. See {Divination}.]
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.
\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. 1
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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.

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