divine

"To err is human, to forgive divine" means that everyone makes mistakes, but we should try to be like god and forgive one another. Divine basically means relating to, coming from, or like God or a god.

Divine also has an old-fashioned and informal meaning of being very good or pleasing, as in "She looked absolutely divine in her blue and white gown." This is an adjective that goes back to Middle English, borrowed from Old French devine, from Latin dīvīnus "divine, foreseeing," from dīvus "god."

DEFINITIONS OF: divine

1

n a clergyman or other person in religious orders

Synonyms:
churchman, cleric, ecclesiastic
Examples:
Thomas a Kempis
German ecclesiastic (1380-1471)
Saint Bruno
(Roman Catholic Church) a French cleric (born in Germany) who founded the Carthusian order in 1084 (1032-1101)
Types:
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ordainer
a cleric who ordains; a cleric who admits someone to holy orders
pardoner
a medieval cleric who raised money for the church by selling papal indulgences
pluralist
a cleric who holds more than one benefice at a time
absolver
someone who grants absolution
Type of:
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend
a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church

adj emanating from God

divine judgment”
divine guidance”
Synonyms:
godly
heavenly
of or belonging to heaven or god

adj resulting from divine providence

Synonyms:
providential
heavenly
of or belonging to heaven or god

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”
Synonyms:
godlike
heavenly
of or belonging to heaven or god

adj appropriate to or befitting a god

“the divine strength of Achilles”
Synonyms:
godlike
superhuman
above or beyond the human or demanding more than human power or endurance

adj being of such surpassing excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods

“her pies were simply divine
“the divine Shakespeare”
Synonyms:
elysian, inspired
glorious
having or deserving or conferring glory

adj devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity

divine worship”
divine liturgy”
Synonyms
sacred
concerned with religion or religious purposes

v perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers

Types:
chiromance
divine by reading someone's palms
Type of:
comprehend, perceive
to become aware of through the senses

v search by divining, as if with a rod

“He claimed he could divine underground water”
Types:
dowse
use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal
Type of:
look for, search, seek
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
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