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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a Master of Divinity degree
▪ After 1946, the Emperor no longer claimed divinity.
▪ His power was greater than that of all the other divinities together.
▪ In Ireland, Macha and Mabd are equivalent to Epona as protectors of horses and chthonic divinities.
▪ It was the breath of a divinity.
▪ Neith: goddess of Sais and a divinity of warfare, with her early symbols of a bow and arrows and shield.
▪ The eternal, overarching divinity whom Graves' favorite goddess personified has gone by many names.
▪ The search for the seat of divinity in man and nature is only a prelude to the aspiration for transcendence.
▪ This is, of course, precisely the divinity with which Napoleon teased Laplace.
▪ Under the 1643 ordinance to control printing, Bachilor was appointed one of the twelve divines empowered to license books of divinity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Divinity \Di*vin"i*ty\, n.; pl. Divinities. [F. divinit['e], L. divinitas. See Divine, a.]

  1. The state of being divine; the nature or essence of God; deity; godhead.

    When he attributes divinity to other things than God, it is only a divinity by way of participation.
    --Bp. Stillingfleet.

  2. The Deity; the Supreme Being; God.

    This the divinity that within us.

  3. A pretended deity of pagans; a false god.

    Beastly divinities, and droves of gods.

  4. A celestial being, inferior to the supreme God, but superior to man.

    God . . . employing these subservient divinities.

  5. Something divine or superhuman; supernatural power or virtue; something which inspires awe.

    They say there is divinity in odd numbers.

    There's such divinity doth hedge a king.

  6. The science of divine things; the science which treats of God, his laws and moral government, and the way of salvation; theology.

    Divinity is essentially the first of the professions.

    Case divinity, casuistry.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "science of divine things;" late 14c., "quality of being divine," also "a divine being," from Old French devinité (12c.), from Latin divinitatem (nominative divinitas), from divinus (see divine (adj.)).


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The property of being divine, of being like a god or God. 2 (context countable English) A deity. 3 A celestial being, inferior to the supreme God, but superior to man. 4 (context uncountable English) The study of religion or religions. 5 A type of confectionery made with egg whites, corn syrup, and white sugar.

  1. n. any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force [syn: deity, god, immortal]

  2. the quality of being divine; "ancient Egyptians believed in the divinity of the Pharaohs"

  3. white creamy fudge made with egg whites [syn: divinity fudge]

  4. the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth [syn: theology]


In religious terms, divinity or godhead is the state of things that come from a supernatural power or deity, such as a god, supreme being, creator deity, or spirits, and are therefore regarded as sacred and holy. Such things are regarded as "divine" due to their transcendental origins or because their attributes or qualities are superior or supreme relative to things of the Earth. Divine things are regarded as eternal and based in truth, while material things are regarded as ephemeral and based in illusion. Such things that may qualify as "divine" are apparitions, visions, prophecies, miracles, and in some views also the soul, or more general things like resurrection, immortality, grace, and salvation. Otherwise what is or is not divine may be loosely defined, as it is used by different belief systems.

The root of the word "divine" is literally "godly" (from the Latin deus, cf. Dyaus, closely related to Greek zeus, div in Persian and deva in Sanskrit), but the use varies significantly depending on which deity is being discussed. This article outlines the major distinctions in the conventional use of the terms.

For specific related academic terms, see Divinity (academic discipline), or Divine (Anglican).

Divinity (confectionery)

Divinity is a nougat-like confection made with egg white, corn syrup, and sugar. Optional ingredients such as flavors, chopped dried fruit and chopped nuts are frequently added. Replacing the sugar with brown sugar results in a related confection called " sea foam".

Divinity (album)

Divinity is the second studio album from the Finnish power metal band Altaria.

Divinity (TV channel)

Divinity is a private Spanish television channel owned by Mediaset España Comunicación, whose programming is aimed to target women. Divinity began test broadcasts on 1 March 2011 before fully launching on 1 April 2011.

Divinity (disambiguation)

Divinity refers to the property or state of being a deity or godlike entity.

Divinity may also refer to:

  • Divinity (academic discipline), the academic study of theology and religious ministry at a divinity school, university and seminary
  • Divinity school, academic school attached to a university for the study of divinity
  • Divinity (confectionery), type of confectionery
  • Divinities: Twelve Dances with God, album by Ian Anderson
  • Divinity (Altaria album), album by Altaria
  • Divinity (TV channel), a Spanish television channel owned by Mediaset España
  • Divinity, a video game series of role-playing games from Larian Studios
    • Divine Divinity (2002)
    • Beyond Divinity (2004)
    • Divinity II (2009)
    • Divinity: Dragon Commander (2013)
    • Divinity: Original Sin (2014)
    • Divinity: Original Sin 2
Divinity (academic discipline)

Divinity is the study of Christian and other theology and ministry at a school, divinity school, university, or seminary. The term is sometimes a synonym for theology as an academic, speculative pursuit, and sometimes is used for the study of applied theology and ministry to make a distinction between that and academic theology. It most often refers to Christian study which is linked with the professional degrees for ordained ministry or related work, though it is also used in an academic setting by other faith traditions.

Usage examples of "divinity".

No Five Points, no Athanasian Creed, no Thirty-nine Articles, separate the men and women of our way of thinking from humanity or from Divinity.

Researchers in the early part of this century found evidence that she had once been the most important of the Bellacoola divinities, but in recent times, information about her has become scantier, and prayers were addressed to her less and less often.

It hath the sun above that is the Spirit, and above it blows the air of its divinity.

This teaching, called Brahmoism, from Brahma, the purest and highest of Hindoo divinities, is, under another form, the Neo-Platonism of the Greeks, or the Soofeeism of the Persians.

As soon as their divinity was established by law, it sank into oblivion, without contributing either to their own fame, or to the dignity of succeeding princes.

But the spiritual character of their knowledge of God was gradually obscured, God was dragged into the sphere of sense and lower divinities were associated with Him,--a downward development which absolutely contradicts the Darwinian hypothesis.

God which Sade conceives for himself is, therefore, of a criminal divinity who oppresses and denies mankind.

He is talking of large, black old books of divinity, and of their successors, tiny books, Elzevirs perhaps.

If the Deity issues a command, expresses His will, as ancient history tells us, the expression of that will is independent of time and is not caused by anything, for the Divinity is not controlled by an event.

It is certain, that, in every religion, however sublime the verbal definition which it gives of its divinity, many of the votaries, perhaps the greatest number, will still seek the divine favour, not by virtue and good morals, which alone can be acceptable to a perfect being, but either by frivolous observances, by intemperate zeal, by rapturous extasies, or by the belief of mysterious and absurd opinions.

Gods in Heaven adore Thee, the Gods in the shades below do Thee homage, the stars obey Thee, the Divinities rejoice in Thee, the elements and the revolving seasons serve Thee!

Varro tells us that the great Divinities adored at Samothrace were the Heavens and the Earth, considered as First Causes or Primal Gods, and as male and female agents, one bearing to the other the relations that the Soul and Principle of Movement bear to the body or the matter that receives them.

The poets inspired by the Divinity, the wisest philosophers, all the theologians, the chiefs of the initiations and Mysteries, even the gods uttering their oracles, have borrowed the figurative language of allegory.

Shauskha An Ishtar-like Hurrian divinity, whose winged beauty seduced even monsters.

Discourse on American Religions, 39 Juripari, 61 Killistenoes, 270 Kittanitowit, 58, 60 Ku, a name of divinity, 46, 47 Kukulcan, god of air, 118 Languages of America, 7 esoteric of priests, 284 Lenni Lenape, 26, 96, 161, 231 Light, universal symbol of divinity, 173 Lightning, the, 112 seq.