Definition of divinity in English:

divinity

noun

  • 1The state or quality of being divine:

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

    ‘a doctor of divinity’
    • ‘When I give a fellow an honorary doctor of divinity, it's just a little piece of paper.’
    • ‘In several universities, divinity schools were among the most vibrant sources of ideas and sustained engagement.’
    • ‘It was simply pigeon-holed by these doctors of divinity.’
    • ‘Going on to study divinity at the University of St Andrews, Playfair undertook his theological studies at St Mary's College, St Andrews.’
    • ‘In its 44 years the Union has had as prime ministers three generals, one doctor of divinity and now a ‘mister’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1984 he moved to Canada, where he did a masters in divinity and licentiate in moral theology at the University of Toronto.’
    • ‘But in 1973, Case's career took a sharp turn when he decided to study divinity at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.’
    • ‘He later earned a master of divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in 1974.’
    • ‘Having been an ordained pastor with a doctorate in divinity and a masters degree in biblical studies, he knew what had taken place.’
    • ‘Unlike his predecessors and most Lutheran clergy, Hanson earned his first divinity degree at a non-Lutheran institution, Union Theological Seminary in New York.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This school was the first of the ‘literary and theological institutions,’ a mixture of liberal arts and divinity objectives.’
    • ‘His love affair with The Stand began in 2000 when the comic came to Edinburgh to study divinity.’
    • ‘Ukrainian Orthodox clergy are educated in divinity schools such as the Kyiv Theological Academy.’
    • ‘Queasiness at the sight of blood curtailed a medical career, and Darwin went to Cambridge to study divinity and join the church.’
    • ‘He received his master of divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1988 and was ordained that same year.’
    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/