Definition of divinity in English:

divinity

noun

mass noun
  • 1The state or quality of being divine.

    ‘Christ's divinity’
    • ‘We have within us a soul or a spark of inner divinity that is absolutely real and uncompromised.’
    • ‘Death - teach the Zoharic masters - is a diminishment of divinity.’
    • ‘Much like Taoism, divinity is divided between male and female, the Lord and Lady.’
    • ‘Human history, particularly the history of the twentieth century, renders faith in an innate human divinity difficult for many of us.’
    • ‘They promise divinity (a popular claim of New Agers) but deny us access to God.’
    • ‘I think it is time to spread the word about human divinity and the universality of the spiritual path.’
    • ‘And if they come from God, then it is a dark and awesome divinity, pulling us towards our fate, kicking and screaming.’
    • ‘She mounts a scholarly exposition of the widely held doctrines of Trinity, original sin, and divinity of Christ, relegating them to later accretions in history.’
    • ‘Secondly, being raised up to heaven is again no proof of divinity or greatness.’
    • ‘Then we have a history of divinity bestowed on idols, rivers and trees by men.’
    • ‘In the battle between science and divinity, divinity came off second best.’
    • ‘They're not philosophical concepts, beliefs or descriptions of an ultimate truth or divinity.’
    • ‘He begins to feel the same divinity in him and all others around him.’
    • ‘Frankincense, which was burned in the shrines of numerous deities, represented divinity.’
    • ‘Indeed, when we attain higher consciousness through spiritual disciplines, we actually see or perceive divinity all around.’
    • ‘Despite the involvement of Freeman, not enough is made of his blessed divinity.’
    • ‘His life was for all, bringing everyone in his midst to purity, upliftment and divinity.’
    • ‘Imperialism was endowed with the halo of divinity.’
    • ‘Saying that God assumes human form makes God small, diminishing both His unity and His divinity.’
    • ‘The spark of divinity stays within the Jew eternally as a consequence of God's covenant with His people Israel.’
    divine nature, divineness, godliness, deity, godhead, holiness, sanctity, sanctitude, sacredness, blessedness
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    1. 1.1count noun A divine being; a god or goddess.
      ‘busts of Roman divinities’
      • ‘For the pagan, the alienation from divinity is so palpable and painful that it must be overcome at all costs, even if ethics are the price.’
      • ‘We don't need a directive or a definable god to feel the presence of divinity.’
      • ‘The pagan insisted that divinity was in trees and in all of nature.’
      • ‘So that, actually, in India, Kali is the great divinity.’
      • ‘Mountains contain divinity or kami and are sources of necessary water.’
      • ‘The idols that have originally been introduced to serve as devotional media had got elevated to the status of divinity.’
      • ‘Of all the religious practices and beliefs concerned with feminine divinities it is Shaktism which gives the Goddess a place of supreme importance.’
      • ‘The rivers are female divinities, food and life bestowing mothers.’
      • ‘There is ongoing interdependence between the living, the living-dead (those remembered by name), spirits and divinities, and the Supreme Being.’
      • ‘Then, if one understands Brahma to be the transcendent aspect of divinity, the perception of Sarasvati as immanent accords well with Her being His shakti.’
      • ‘Agni, the fire God is an important Rig Vedic divinity.’
      • ‘To have your ultimate concern distributed in different directions is like polytheism - worship of many divinities.’
      • ‘True, he was a confirmed atheist, who had no patience for divinity, prayers or rituals.’
      • ‘The Vajrayana sect took this a step further and introduced female divinities to Buddhist worship akin to Hinduism.’
      • ‘In ancient China mountains were seen as divinities who had the power to send needed rain.’
      • ‘To be gripped by one great integrating, imperative concern or desire is like monotheism - worship of one divinity.’
      • ‘Traditionally, Nigerians believe that there are two types of divinities: the Supreme Being, and the subordinate deities.’
      • ‘When meeting a scientist who also believes in divinity, the defiantly atheist New York Times science writer Natalie Angier starts popping mental veins.’
      • ‘A disciple of Confucius once asked, ‘Master, how should we treat the spirits and divinities?’’
      • ‘They recognize a wide range of supernatural beings, including demons, ancestral spirits, and divinities such as the sun god Surya and the rice goddess Dewi Sri.’
      deity, god, goddess, mother goddess, divine being, celestial being, supreme being
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    2. 1.2 God.
      • ‘The Divinity is best manifest as human consciousness.’
      • ‘Learn the right terms and the subtle differences in them, and you can explain the profound ways Hindus look at Divinity.’
      • ‘That which is Sacred is so because it truly represents Divinity.’
      • ‘A seeker of true Divinity will attain salvation when he realizes the Truth, the all-pervasive Brahman.’
      • ‘Mary and Fred are not Humanity, but God is Divinity.’
      • ‘Water the soil with love and humility and reap the fruits of Divinity.’
      • ‘As a Neo-Pagan who believes in the immanent nature of Divinity, I am a great believer that all of the Earth is sacred.’
      • ‘I believe that there is one Divinity, nameless, who is both beyond nature and within nature, including man.’
      • ‘Everything that Divinity created is infused with its essence.’
      • ‘The dhami initiates must plunge beneath the surface of the waters and enter into a trance to attract Divinity.’
      • ‘When we use our limbs in accord with the sacred laws of nature, every action worships and praises the omniscient Divinity in all things.’
      • ‘Quite the contrary - Divinity creates within itself a sacred void in the form of a circle.’
      • ‘Each incarnation of Divinity may be a separate entity just as each human is a separate person.’
      • ‘Not that we offer to give up our life, but that we offer to devote it entirely to Divinity.’
      • ‘It describes worship of Divinity through devotion to the physical yoni.’
      • ‘What is perfectly clear is the speech of the indescribable Divinity.’
      • ‘This is almost identical to the last technique, but instead of a Holy Book saying it, some form of Divinity said it.’
      • ‘We approach Spirit and Divinity with the noblest of intentions.’
      • ‘It is by far not the only idea about Divinity's structure, yet it is one which I find to be particularly insightful.’
      • ‘After all, one of the key tenets of Paganism is that Divinity is immanent; it is around us and within us.’
  • 2The study of religion; theology.

    ‘a doctor of divinity’
    • ‘He received his master of divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1988 and was ordained that same year.’
    • ‘When I give a fellow an honorary doctor of divinity, it's just a little piece of paper.’
    • ‘In 1984 he moved to Canada, where he did a masters in divinity and licentiate in moral theology at the University of Toronto.’
    • ‘He revolted from the Roman Church and by 1613-14 was again a Protestant, later becoming a doctor of divinity at Cambridge and chaplain to the king.’
    • ‘But in 1973, Case's career took a sharp turn when he decided to study divinity at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.’
    • ‘Going on to study divinity at the University of St Andrews, Playfair undertook his theological studies at St Mary's College, St Andrews.’
    • ‘Seminaries, schools of theology, divinity schools, and churches must face the pressing and rising presence of diversity.’
    • ‘John Rogers, the first martyr, was a lecturer in divinity at St Paul's Cathedral, London.’
    • ‘It was simply pigeon-holed by these doctors of divinity.’
    • ‘In several universities, divinity schools were among the most vibrant sources of ideas and sustained engagement.’
    • ‘He later earned a master of divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in 1974.’
    • ‘This school was the first of the ‘literary and theological institutions,’ a mixture of liberal arts and divinity objectives.’
    • ‘Having been an ordained pastor with a doctorate in divinity and a masters degree in biblical studies, he knew what had taken place.’
    • ‘He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1960 and earned a bachelor of divinity in 1965 and a master of theology in 1966 from King's College in London.’
    • ‘Queasiness at the sight of blood curtailed a medical career, and Darwin went to Cambridge to study divinity and join the church.’
    • ‘Ukrainian Orthodox clergy are educated in divinity schools such as the Kyiv Theological Academy.’
    • ‘Barrow had taken an oath to study divinity when he was admitted as a fellow, and, after briefly studying medicine, he began studying divinity again.’
    • ‘His love affair with The Stand began in 2000 when the comic came to Edinburgh to study divinity.’
    • ‘Unlike his predecessors and most Lutheran clergy, Hanson earned his first divinity degree at a non-Lutheran institution, Union Theological Seminary in New York.’
    • ‘In its 44 years the Union has had as prime ministers three generals, one doctor of divinity and now a ‘mister’.’
    theology, religious studies, religion, scripture
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French divinite, from Latin divinitas, from divinus ‘belonging to a deity’ (see divine).

Pronunciation

divinity

/dɪˈvɪnɪti/