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divine -- as in: divined through intuition
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as in: divined through intuition Define
to discover something -- usually through intuition or reflection
  • They are trying to divine the outcome of next year’s election.
  • She wouldn’t talk about it, but I was able to divine that the project isn’t going well.
  • Hadn’t her last note spelled it out, so plainly that an innocent six-year-old could have divined its meaning, and hadn’t I been negligent, feloniously so, in failing to hurry after her immediately rather than taking that brainless bus ride across the Potomac?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Raven

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  • Something from Cyprus, as I may divine:
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • One still has time before one to divine.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • While he was thinking one thing in his brain, I was endeavoring to divine his thought in mine.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Often the soul is ripened into fuller goodness while age has spread an ugly film, so that mere glances can never divine the preciousness of the fruit.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • She would divine his attitude at once and...
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • ...he would divine the truth in the flash of an eye.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion

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  • Mrs. Tilley gave amazed attention to all this, but Sylvia still watched the toad, not divining, as she might have done at some calmer time, that the creature wished to get to its hole under the door-step, and was much hindered by the unusual spectators at that hour of the evening.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • For I no sooner in my heart divined,
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • As you have divined, sir, we are not mad; neither are we violent or bloodthirsty.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • ...whatever he had heard or divined in childhood of the strange and terrible.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • ...she said, glad that he had divined this without her being obliged to express it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • he had divined from Dorothea’s glance at her husband that there was some alarm in her mind.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • And with all speed post with him toward the north,
    To shun the danger that his soul divines.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • The defense had divined what they could from the notes but...
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Finally, by deduction I pegged you for a Polack, excuse me, divined that you were of Polish extraction.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • They simply did not concern her—at least until as his dragooned secretary she began to divine the depth and extent of her father’s fiery enthusiasm.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Despite her eagerness and all her past abandon—I instinctively divined—she wanted to be cosseted and flattered and seduced and entertained like any woman, and this was fine with me, since Nature had clearly designed such a scheme to enhance man’s delight as well.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Himmler, whose own biography reveals him to be (whatever else) a superlative judge of assassins, surely divined in Hoss a man cut out for the important line of work he had in mind, for the next sixteen years of Hoss’s life were spent either directly as Commandant of concentration camps or in upper-echelon jobs connected with their administration.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I removed the receiver from my ear and turned to Sophie, who, with mouth agape, had clearly divined what it was that Nathan had been raging about.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The generous, neurotic man had obviously followed Eva, or rather, chased as well as he could after the children, hurrying these many blocks out of some preoccupation or reason which Sophie could not possibly divine.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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as in: to forgive is divine Define
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
as in: divined from tea leaves Define
to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
as in: divined through intuition Define
to discover something -- usually through intuition or reflection
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