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as in: to forgive is divine Define
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
  • Her pies are divine.
  • The King claimed a divine right.

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  • To err is human, to forgive divine.
    Alexander Pope
  • The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is "look under foot." You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.
    John Burroughs
  • the divine strength of Achilles
  • If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • By right Divine, my dear Augusta, We’ve had another awful buster; Ten thousand Frenchmen sent below.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • But by divine intervention, I was rescued by Breckin, the adopted gay Mormon who can’t sing or act but loves to read and is my new very bestest friend ever in the whole wide world.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • He had suffered boredom and anxiety, and even revulsion, but no sense of sin from the bestial crimes he had been party to, nor had he felt that in sending thousands of the wretched innocent to oblivion he had transgressed against divine law.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Ares had two divine sons, didn’t he?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus

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  • We will not listen to the divine commandment: ’Love one another’.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • for everything has a trace of the divine in it.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • For one wild, glad moment we snapped the chain that binds us to earth, and joining hands with the winds we felt ourselves divine!
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • The fountains of human love and of faith in a divine love had not yet been unlocked,
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Euclid is complete in himself and divine in application.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • it creates a brightness that shines far beyond our normal vision and then a splendid tunnel appears that shows us the way that we forgot when we were born and calls us to recover our lost divine origin.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • There was the divine spark, as my mother used to say.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • She is of divine race, and knows neither age nor death.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • But hard fate had ordained that he should be unable to call up this Divine spirit in his need.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • it divides the individual, separating the diabolical in him from the divine.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • what she heard wasn’t "Holy Spirit, Truth Divine."
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • For some hours he sat there in the sun, and whether it was the warmth of it, or the sight of the wide plain beneath stretching away to blue and distant mountains, or the mere passage of time, or the divine providence for the soul that is distressed, he could not say; but there was some rising of the spirit, some lifting of the fear.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • ...the bones were divine and could cure any pain, except a grieving heart.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Just listen, you poor creature, listen without either pathos or mockery, while far away ... this divine music passes by.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Divine am I inside and out,
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • ...made it probable that it was nothing less than divine intervention by the Almighty on behalf of the cause.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • I wish he was mine, he’s really divine,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • "Yes, um, I heard Spencer Tracy’s supposed to be divine," I say.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • He began to glow, and I knew enough about the gods to avert my eyes before he revealed his true divine form.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • O Helen, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine!
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • ...he beheld an expression of divine gratitude and ecstasy...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The divine Desdemona
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • it occurred to them for the first time in their lives that what’s divine can come in dark skin.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Mrs. Tony’s ecstasy was divine.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Suddenly I realized that up until that point, I’d been toying with the idea that maybe Colton had had some sort of divine visitation.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • I averted my eyes as the goddess turned into her true divine form and disappeared in a blaze of light.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Divinity in every careless gesture
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • When you lie out under the stars, do you sense the divine?
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • There is a divine right in Louis XVI.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "You dance divinely, my dear Ida," I said.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • Where is the divine Mercy?
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • willingness to listen to the divine voice in his own heart,
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • But certainly a town like this could not occur without divine intervention.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • I might call him
    A thing divine; for nothing natural
    I ever saw so noble.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • The goddess Minerva once gave a vial of it to my divine ancestor, Aesculapius.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • divinely comfortable
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • ...that is forbidden by the most ancient of divine laws.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • It wasn’t the divinity from the foreman’s wife that made him sick.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
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as in: divined from tea leaves Define
to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
  • She claims she can divine the future with a crystal ball.
  • She claims she can divine the location of underground water.

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  • Divination is one of the most imprecise branches of magic. ... True Seers are very rare,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • These stones were the only form of divination.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • Those were drooling epileptic fits brought on by the swaying of his camel, not divine revelation.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • we have almost finished our work on planetary divination.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Tomorrow, I will divine the words before your eyes.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Dream interpretation is a most important means of divining the future
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The divination of my arts shall tell.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • So fit, so acceptable, so divine,
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost

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  • ...holding his furled umbrella a span or two from him like a divining rod.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Without doubt some practical person had come along and mended the leak, and then had come up and told the abbot he had discovered by divination that if the sinful bath were destroyed the well would flow again.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • She took back the divining bone.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • In the second week of January, Felicia visits a santero known for his grace and power in reading the divining shells.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • It’s never too early to think about the future, so I’d recommend Divination.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • [Proteus (the Old Man of the Sea) prophesying to Menelaus]

    But about your own destiny, Menelaus,
    dear to Zeus, it’s not for you to die
    So he divined and down the breaking surf he dove
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Perfect deliberation, divination, and desperation
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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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.

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  • 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
  • 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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  • [39] Pope rhymed /join/ with /mine/, /divine/ and /line/; Dryden rhymed /toil/ with /smile/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • They are powerful beings, primeval forces, but they are not divine in the sense one might think of God.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid

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  • And he needed much divine support, for it was never an easy thing explaining away tragedy by invoking God’s will.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • Then their ears suddenly perceive celestial harmonies, a divine voice, which they remember all their lives.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • He really did look like an avenging angel getting ready to dispatch divine justice from on high, as the Shadowhunters were meant to do.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Man cannot contend with the divine.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • She began roving her eyes around the bar in a slow wandering arc, then walked straight as a divining rod into the men’s restroom.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • But her voice is much diviner than anything you have seen of her.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • <84> Therefore I stent*, I am no divinister**; *refrain **diviner Of soules find I nought in this register.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • When Beautiful Moon and I turned six, Mama and Aunt sent for the diviner to find an auspicious date to begin our binding.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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  • As far as I knew, Jaz was not a diviner.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • High school is a divine-right monarchy.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • It was an "instance of divine favor, for nothing surely ever came more apropos," Washington wrote immediately to Joseph Reed.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • It’s not a thrilling tale of adventure or the kind of fairy-tale romance portrayed in movies, but it felt like divine intervention.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • There was a longing in many of the eyes he saw, like people truly thought they were being saved by some divine power.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • In fact, all known methods of divining the future suddenly failed.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I stood up straight, hoping Cade and Mikey would be intimidated by my regal bearing and divine beauty.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • If she had figure faults, her clothes concealed them; if her face was less than divine, it was hard to tell once she got done applying substances.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • He looked DIVINE in his uniform.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • She started using words like "divine" and "delicious" (not referring to food).
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Jack says, as if divining her thoughts.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I thought of trying to slip away into the trees, but Dougal, apparently divining my thought, grabbed my elbow and pulled me toward the horses.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Will you smile at the enthusiasm I express concerning this divine wanderer?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Syme, however, had divined what he was about to say.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • His omnipresence, our divine equality!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She might as well have said to the fire, "don’t burn!" but how could she divine the morbid suffering to which I was a prey?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Yet speak, Morton; Tell thou an earl his divination lies, And I will take it as a sweet disgrace And make thee rich for doing me such wrong.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Ha! let me see; ay, give it me, it’s mine; Sweet ornament that decks a thing divine!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • And what does it matter to you, little worm, if I implored the Divine mercy for her, great sinner as she was, as I said my evening prayer?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Lydgate divined some delicacy of feeling here, but did not half understand it.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power, Cheerful, for freest action form’d under the laws divine, The Modern Man I sing.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I should be sorry to imply that Mr. Skimpole divined this and was politic; I really never understood him well enough to know.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I avoided a vast artificial hole somebody had been digging on the slope, the purpose of which I found it impossible to divine.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • We are at present, Doctor—as no doubt you have divined—in the cellar of the City branch of one of the principal London banks.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Tom Sawyer went home quite cheerful, thinking to himself that there was some satisfaction about divine service when there was a bit of variety in it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • There is a struggle in nature against this divine substance,—in nature which is not made for joy and clings to pain.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It has its divine right of sovereignty.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Yet he never saw her, or exchanged a word with her, without feeling that, after all, May’s ingenuousness almost amounted to a gift of divination.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • If he ached a little for research and Gottlieb’s divine curiosity— well, he would be such a country doctor as Robert Koch!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • She permitted them to restore the divine decency of buttons.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Perhaps she will never again suffer a poor, unworthy earthling to walk in the shadow of her divine presence.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • That was the man, Buck divined, the next tormentor, and he hurled himself savagely against the bars.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • We were human divining rods.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • …Insult not the divine grasshoppers, the sweet singers!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • This pentacle is representative of the female half of all things—a concept religious historians call the ’sacred feminine’ or the ’divine goddess.’
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Which is why I want to study his divine rules.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "Hawat will have divined that we have an agent planted on him," Piter said.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Professor Trelawney was their Divination teacher at Hogwarts.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Through the boughs of the long avenue beyond the gardens she caught the flash of wheels, and divined that more visitors were approaching.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Ah, my dear Miss Bart, I am not divine Providence, to guarantee your enjoying the things you are trying to get!
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
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