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divine inspiration (=inspiration from God)
▪ He prayed for divine inspiration.
divine mercy (=the mercy of God)
▪ He did not lose his faith in God and divine mercy.
divine retribution (=punishment by God)
divine retribution
divine right
▪ Being my wife doesn’t give you the divine right to read my mail.
give...the divine right to
▪ Being my wife doesn’t give you the divine right to read my mail.
▪ There were twenty days in the month, each being regarded as divine and of distinctive omen.
▪ Sometimes they were regarded as divine and worshiped.
▪ He is certainly not intended to be regarded as divine.
▪ He had to be seen to be human but not so human as to challenge his credibility as divine.
▪ The alliance, whether viewed as divine or malign, was formally enshrined in the School Certificate examination defined in 1917.
▪ Many people would refer to them more as superhuman than as divine characters.
▪ He is using your partner as divine sandpaper to take off the rough edges.
▪ The final surprise is that in the Old Testament the Spirit does not appear as a divine being.
▪ The people who made these images of divine beings and snakes did not do so arbitrarily.
▪ But it does make clear a belief that the divine being reveals or manifests its nature in the world.
▪ And yet, the idea of a Goddess, a wholly divine being, actually being born struck them as bizarre.
▪ Their descriptions seem sufficiently close to one another to be taken as descriptions of the same divine being.
▪ That would entail the existence of causal relations between such persons, in all their physical complexity, and the divine being.
▪ These two chapters move through the entire world of images and ideas surrounding the divine body.
▪ The worshipper who entered them felt as if he or she were entering a divine body.
▪ When we see existence itself as the divine body we create a more reciprocal relationship.
▪ How did the ancient people regard the divine body and its physical reality?
▪ The divine drama illuminated for us by the Holy Spirit disintegrates into puzzles, conundrums and endless interpretations.
▪ This, of course, brings us right back to the beginning of the divine drama.
▪ But if - for whatever reason - you take the Devil out of the redemption story, the divine drama is lost.
▪ Does not the divine drama seem to suggest that the Devil is calling the tune?
▪ They would have said that their obsession was with divine grace.
▪ The ensuing silence indicated that I had not helped matters. l stared at my Keds, hoping for divine guidance.
▪ The future holds unlimited possibilities for those who will accept divine guidance and grace.
▪ Iphigenia and the others are acting under divine guidance.
▪ A simple enough rule which struck his rather undeveloped mind with the force of divine inspiration.
▪ In the absence of divine intervention, virgin birth for mammals is not an option.
▪ And barring divine intervention, also its last.
▪ Nor did he find any room for divine intervention.
▪ Also patron of divine intervention and pregnant women.
▪ Looking back from the 860s, Charles saw this as the direct result of divine intervention.
▪ One is that devout patients may forgo treatment and wait for divine intervention.
▪ The future, politically and economically, looks quite too far gone for anything but a divine intervention to help.
▪ So how about a little divine intervention?
▪ Some might call that divine justice.
▪ Evidently the attainment of an ordered world consonant with divine laws remained the ideological framework of antislavery.
▪ Subjects therefore had to obey the laws of their earthly governors, in whatever they commanded that was not contrary to divine law.
▪ Only immediate action was appropriate in abolishing a system which infringed divine law.
▪ If there is no divine law men must try to agree among themselves what is right and what is wrong.
▪ History shows a variety of such sources: immemorial custom, divine law, the law of nature, a constitution.
▪ From there, they progressed to the enthralling problem of human and divine love.
▪ To deny the reality of the divine love is to enter the dark territory where it can not be found.
▪ Her husband, the Rev. George Butler, understood it as a true reflection of divine love.
▪ As a gift of divine origin, there was nothing sacrilegious in their use.
▪ The emperor, who many believed to have divine origins, appeared to be merely human after all.
▪ We believe that human beings have a divine origin and an eternal destiny.
▪ It is, however, true that Roman aristocrats were usually wary of divine origins.
▪ Paul says' the weapons we fight with ... have divine power to demolish strongholds.
▪ All things in heaven and earth were mysteriously linked with the divine powers, but beautiful things most of all.
▪ The true whole divine power remained hidden and mysterious and mortal man was unable to see its perfection.
▪ Anyone who challenges my authority will have to stand up to this divine power when I come to Corinth.
▪ Now every place where the Meal of the Lord is celebrated is made holy by this divine presence.
▪ We thought there was some sort of divine providence which would somehow or other get us away.
▪ That is why the divine providence revealed himself in story.
▪ But divine providence interceded, for the wheel broke, the spikes flying off and injuring many bystanders.
▪ Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of our contemporaries, the connection of events.
▪ It finds a place for everyone within the divine purpose, regardless of their background, status or gender.
▪ Nor do I accept the criticism of those who say this is a lightweight view of the divine purpose of humankind.
▪ What is truly disconcerting about the story is the result of the fall, and the divine purpose behind it.
▪ The Four Horse Men of the Apocalypse apparently felt it inappropriate to arrive as a messenger of divine retribution.
▪ It is, I suppose, divine retribution for the treatment your whiteness receives in certain doctors' surgeries.
▪ Another piece of divine retribution for all those hours spent ticking others off came relatively recently.
▪ If California fell into the ocean, would it be divine retribution for making movies like this?
▪ On the one side the appeal was to reason; on the other, to faith and special divine revelation.
▪ To say that the Church was the sole conduit of divine revelation was to dictate terms to the Almighty.
▪ It represents a direct divine revelation that delivers a capacity for understanding beyond the parameters of normal discourse.
▪ This, if you like, is divine revelation...
▪ He was now a young Anglo-Catholic who acquired the Catholic sense of divine rights in the Church which no State can touch.
▪ I had a divine right and a solemn duty to warn them, but failed miserably.
▪ Anglican clergymen busied themselves with preaching up theories of divine right and non-resistance.
▪ At a stroke the party managers and fixers have lost their assumption of a divine right to power.
▪ Constantine was declared to be Emperor by divine right.
▪ James sought to reassert the divine right of kings, and Parliament combined against him.
▪ Both acts are morally wrong - Edward should not have abused his divine right and curried favour by dishing out peerages.
▪ Even the claim that the natural order reflected the contingency of a divine will could pull in two directions.
▪ The modern anguish stems from the absurdity of the allegory, once its center, divine Will, is removed.
▪ Although the innocent might suffer, such tragedies were often accepted philosophically as part of the divine will or punishment.
▪ Encountering him there, Dinah calmly tells him that she can not do without him-it is the divine will that they marry.
▪ The prophets they portray were at once more civilized than their masters and more closely in touch with the divine will.
▪ As long as matter was considered to be inert, its motion could be ascribed to the divine will.
▪ By distinguishing too sharply between the divine Word and the divine Spirit the Church has lost a most important biblical perspective.
▪ Arius differed from Origen in seeing the coming forth of the divine Word as a service to the inferior created order.
▪ He offered a brief prayer for divine guidance.
▪ Singer Sarah Vaughan was often called "the Divine Sarah."
▪ The death of a child is commonly seen by members of the tribe as divine punishment.
▪ The emperor was considered the nation's divine spiritual leader.
▪ Encountering him there, Dinah calmly tells him that she can not do without him-it is the divine will that they marry.
▪ He was fully human as well as fully divine.
▪ Instead, they recognized an interlocking trinity of types: animal, human, divine.
▪ The combination of sweet prunes and rabbit in this classic dish is divine.
▪ The first Christians also knew that divine resources were more than a match for the dark powers.
▪ To perform them is to conform to the divine order which governs all human affairs.
▪ What we may recognize as a scientific principle was enunciated via the theological concept of divine immutability.
▪ Yes, it was truly divine.
▪ He had apparently divined from my expression that I was not prepared.
▪ Money experts now begin the tricky business of divining the fate of the economy.
▪ No one in the twenties could have divined this over-arching design, nor did Pound suppose that anyone would.
▪ Others will divine whether the Martins were lucky hobbyists or party stooges.
▪ Spoken words were not crucial because people should be able to divine the next move.
▪ They divined the contents of sealed envelopes by the simple expedient of opening the staples at the other end of the envelope.
▪ Together they divined for Charlie's talent.
▪ You can still divine water with a rod and be an agnostic.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.''

  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.

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

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

  7. Relating to divinity or theology.

    Church history and other divine learning.

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


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.''

  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.


Divine \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.

  2. To foretell; to predict; to presage.

    Darest thou . . . divine his downfall?

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

    Living on earth like angel new divined.

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


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. 11.

  2. To have or feel a presage or foreboding.

    Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts.

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French devin (12c.), from Latin divinus "of a god," from divus "a god," related to deus "god, deity" (see Zeus). Weakened sense of "excellent" had evolved by late 15c.


"to conjure, to guess," originally "to make out by supernatural insight," mid-14c., from Old French deviner, from Vulgar Latin *devinare, dissimilated from *divinare, from Latin divinus (see divine (adj.)), which also meant "soothsayer." Related: Divined; diviner; divining. Divining rod (or wand) attested from 1650s.


c.1300, "soothsayer," from Old French devin, from Latin divinus (adj.); see divine (adj.). Meaning "ecclesiastic, theologian" is from late 14c.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 of or pertaining to a god 2 eternal, holy, or otherwise godlike. 3 of superhuman or surpassing excellence 4 beautiful, heavenly 5 (context obsolete English) foreboding; prescient 6 Relating to divinity or theology. n. 1 One skilled in divinity; a theologian. 2 A minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman. 3 (context often capitalized, with 'the' English) God or a god, particularly in its aspect as a transcendental concept Etymology 2


  2. 1 (context transitive English) to foretell (something), especially by the use of divination 2 (context transitive English) to guess (something) 3 (context transitive English) to search for (underground objects or water) using a divining rod 4 To render divine; to deify.

  1. v. perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers

  2. search by divining, as if with a rod; "He claimed he could divine underground water"

  1. adj. 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]

Divine (disambiguation)

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Divine (album)

Divine was the first major release from Blinded Colony. It would be the first and last album to feature singer Niklas Svensson. This would also be the only album they released under the Scarlet Records Banner. It would be released thoroughly in Europe via Scarlet Records, and in Japan through Soundholic Records.

Divine (Tuxedomoon album)

Divine is the third studio album by American post-punk band Tuxedomoon, released in 1982 by Operation Twilight. The music is based on the ballet of the same name by Maurice Béjart. The album was issued on CD in 1990 by Cramboy with an expanded track listing.

Divine (performer)

Harris Glenn Milstead, better known by his stage name Divine (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988), was an American actor, singer and drag queen. Closely associated with the independent filmmaker John Waters, Divine was a character actor, usually performing female roles in cinematic and theatrical appearances, and adopted a female drag persona for his music career.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland to a conservative middle-class family, Milstead developed an early interest in drag while working as a women's hairdresser. By the mid-1960s he had embraced the city's countercultural scene and befriended Waters, who gave him the name "Divine" and the tagline of "the most beautiful woman in the world, almost." Along with his friend David Lochary, Divine joined Waters' acting troupe, the Dreamlanders, and adopted female roles for their experimental short films Roman Candles (1966), Eat Your Makeup (1968), and The Diane Linkletter Story (1969). Again in drag, he took a lead role in both of Waters' early full-length movies, Mondo Trasho (1969) and Multiple Maniacs (1970), the latter of which began to attract press attention for the group. Divine next starred in Waters' Pink Flamingos (1972), which proved a hit on the U.S. midnight movie circuit, became a cult classic, and established Divine's fame within the American counterculture.

After starring as the lead role in Waters' next picture, Female Trouble (1974), Divine moved on to theater, appearing in several avant-garde performances alongside San Francisco drag collective, The Cockettes. He followed this with a performance in Tom Eyen's play Women Behind Bars and its sequel, The Neon Woman. Continuing his cinematic work, he starred in two more of Waters' films, Polyester (1981) and Hairspray (1988), the latter of which represented his breakthrough into mainstream cinema. Independent of Waters, he also appeared in a number of other films, such as Lust in the Dust (1985) and Trouble in Mind (1985), seeking to diversify his repertoire by playing male roles. In 1981, Divine embarked on a career in the disco industry by producing a number of Hi-NRG tracks, most of which were written by Bobby Orlando. He achieved global chart success with hits like " You Think You're a Man", " I'm So Beautiful", and " Walk Like a Man", all of which were performed in drag. Having struggled with obesity throughout his life, he died from cardiomegaly.

Described by People magazine as the "Drag Queen of the Century", Divine has remained a cult figure, particularly within the LGBT community, and has provided the inspiration for fictional characters, artworks and songs. Various books and documentary films devoted to his life have also been produced, including Divine Trash (1998) and I Am Divine (2013).

Divine (corporation)

Divine was a Chicago-based company that started out as an Internet Incubator named Divine InterVentures. The company was founded by Andrew 'Flip' Filipowski in 1999.

Like many other "dot-com" companies, Divine had many tales of excess. The board of directors once had over forty members and included luminaries such as NBA star Michael Jordan. Divine was one of the last Internet companies of this era to go public. Their much-ballyhooed IPO in July, 2000 landed with a resounding thud and never closed more than a few percent above the initial offering price.

When the Internet stock bubble burst, Divine switched business models. Its management decided to become an enterprise software company offering an extensive array of products and services. Now dropping the InterVentures and calling itself just Divine, it took the most viable of its incubator businesses and purchased other companies with stock values deflated by the collapse in the stock market. Many of these businesses were unprofitable, leading to cash-flow problems.

The whole premise of the original Divine interVentures was a concept known as an "Internet Zaibatsu". The core concept was that the normal departments of a corporation such as: HR (Talent Divine), Marketing (Buzz Divine), Web development (Xqsite), Sales (Brandango), and other operational areas would become their own companies. These companies were called the greenfield companies.

These companies would then sell their services to the other greenfield companies, as well as to external companies that were funded by Divine interVentures, at a discounted rate from what they could receive if they outsourced those functions to external vendors. The whole premise was based on a Japanese business model called a keiretsu. Divine interVentures, which was the center of the circle, was the parent corporation and was essentially acting as a venture capital company funding both the greenfield companies, as well as the external companies that they invested in.

Divine (group)

Divine was an American R&B girl group formed in 1996 who are best known for their 1998 hit single " Lately". Group members include Kia Thornton, Nikki Bratcher and Tonia Tash. All three women were teenagers when they were recruited by Pendulum Records owner Ruben Rodriguez to form Divine who were ultimately released on his label Red Ant Entertainment.

Divine made a cover version of the George Michael song " One More Try". The group disbanded in 2000.

Kia Thornton later auditioned for the sixth season of American Idol, where she was eliminated during the Hollywood rounds.

Divine (Sébastien Tellier song)

"Divine" is a song by Sébastien Tellier from his 2008 album Sexuality. The song represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. The song is in English, with a few verses in French. The fact that most of the song was sung in English caused some criticism, and has even been brought up in the French parliament.

Sébastien Tellier's performance was noted for entering the stage driving a small golf buggy branded with the French Tricolour, and carrying a helium filled inflatable globe that he inhaled from. Also, the five back-up singers wore sunglasses, wigs and fake facial hair, resembling Tellier.

The song automatically qualified for the final of the contest due to France being a member of the Big 4. The final was held on 24 May 2008, where the song was performed 19th in the running order, following the Ukraine's Ani Lorak with " Shady Lady" and preceding Azerbaijan's Elnur and Samir with " Day After Day". It received a total of 47 points, placing 19th in a field of 25.

Divine has been used in a Renault Mégane advert.

The song was succeeded as French representative at the 2009 contest by Patricia Kaas with " Et s'il fallait le faire".

Usage examples of "divine".

And consequently, as the accidents are preserved by Divine power when the substance is withdrawn, so, when matter is withdrawn, the qualities which go with matter, such as rarity and density, are preserved by Divine power.

Veda: among them his divine birth is that which is distinguished by the ligation of the zone and sacrificial cord, and in that birth the Gayatri is his mother, and the Acharya his father.

Even the later school of the Adoptians in Rome, and the later Adoptians in general, were forced to assume a divine hypostasis beside the Godhead, which of course sensibly threatened their Christology.

After death, Aesculapius was raised to divine rank and became the god of medicine.

Now it happens that Agassiz, considered in his philosophical relations, was a Platonist, since he clearly believed that the forms of nature expressed the eternal ideas of a divine intelligence.

Christianity which was delivered for all time by the early teachers of the Church, and which was registered and attested in the Anglican formularies and by the Anglican divines.

The Catenas of Anglican divines which occur in the series, though projected, I think, by me, were executed with a like aim at greater accuracy and method.

It was composed, after a careful consideration and comparison of the principal Anglican divines of the seventeenth century.

I wished to build up an Anglican theology out of the stores which already lay cut and hewn upon the ground, the past toil of great divines.

They asked questions on all sorts of subjects, and my answers, perfectly unintelligible to myself, were all held as Divine by them.

The miracles of the primitive church, after obtaining the sanction of ages, have been lately attacked in a very free and ingenious inquiry, which, though it has met with the most favorable reception from the public, appears to have excited a general scandal among the divines of our own as well as of the other Protestant churches of Europe.

Geneva Bible continued to hold its position in English affections, at least partly because it was so useful for its notes and appendices, a guidebook to the world of the divine.

Johns, by nature as well as by education, was disposed to look distrustfully upon any sudden conviction of duty which had its spring in any extraordinary exaltation of feeling, rather than in that full intellectual seizure of the Divine Word, which it seemed to him could come only after a determined wrestling with those dogmas that to his mind were the aptest and compactest expression of the truth toward which we must agonize.

We were obliged to confess that there were no Families in Little Arcady, in the true sense of the term, though we did not divine its true sense until she favored us with the detail that her second cousin had married a relative of the Adams family.

For one, she had quickly divined that the ladies of Little Arcady considered her furniture to be unfortunate.