(Di*vid"u*ous) a. [L. dividuus divisible, divided, fr. dividere.] Divided; dividual. [R.]
He so often substantiates distinctions into dividuous, selfsubsistent.Coleridge.
(Div`i*na"tion) n. [L. divinatio, fr. divinare, divinatum, to foresee, foretell, fr. divinus: cf. F.
divination. See Divine.]
1. The act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling of future events; the pretended art discovering secret or
future by preternatural means.
There shall not be found among you any one that . . . useth divination, or an observer of times, or an
enchanter.Deut. xviii. 10.
Among the ancient heathen philosophers natural divination was supposed to be effected by a divine
afflatus; artificial divination by certain rites, omens, or appearances, as the flight of birds, entrails of
2. An indication of what is future or secret; augury omen; conjectural presage; prediction.
Birds which do give a happy divination of things to come.Sir T. North.
(Div"i*na`tor) n. [L. See Divination.] One who practices or pretends to divination; a diviner.
(Di*vin"a*to*ry) a. [Cf. F. divinatoire.] Professing, or relating to, divination. "A natural divinatory
(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." Bacon.
3. Appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise; religious; pious; holy; as, divine service; divine songs;
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
A divine sentence is in the lips of the king.Prov. xvi. 10.
But not to one in this benighted ageGray.
Is that diviner inspiration given.
6. Presageful; foreboding; prescient. [Obs.]
Yet oft his heart, divine of something ill,Milton.
7. Relating to divinity or theology.
Church history and other divine learning.South.