Definition of divinity in US English:

divinity

noun

  • 1The state or quality of being divine.

    ‘Christ's divinity’
    • ‘His life was for all, bringing everyone in his midst to purity, upliftment and divinity.’
    • ‘Human history, particularly the history of the twentieth century, renders faith in an innate human divinity difficult for many of us.’
    • ‘He begins to feel the same divinity in him and all others around him.’
    • ‘Imperialism was endowed with the halo of divinity.’
    • ‘I think it is time to spread the word about human divinity and the universality of the spiritual path.’
    • ‘The spark of divinity stays within the Jew eternally as a consequence of God's covenant with His people Israel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the battle between science and divinity, divinity came off second best.’
    • ‘Then we have a history of divinity bestowed on idols, rivers and trees by men.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have within us a soul or a spark of inner divinity that is absolutely real and uncompromised.’
    • ‘Saying that God assumes human form makes God small, diminishing both His unity and His divinity.’
    • ‘Secondly, being raised up to heaven is again no proof of divinity or greatness.’
    • ‘Indeed, when we attain higher consciousness through spiritual disciplines, we actually see or perceive divinity all around.’
    • ‘Death - teach the Zoharic masters - is a diminishment of divinity.’
    divine nature, divineness, godliness, deity, godhead, holiness, sanctity, sanctitude, sacredness, blessedness
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    1. 1.1 A divine being; a god or goddess.
      ‘busts of various Roman divinities’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Agni, the fire God is an important Rig Vedic divinity.’
      • ‘So that, actually, in India, Kali is the great divinity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mountains contain divinity or kami and are sources of necessary water.’
      • ‘We don't need a directive or a definable god to feel the presence of divinity.’
      • ‘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?’’
      • ‘The Vajrayana sect took this a step further and introduced female divinities to Buddhist worship akin to Hinduism.’
      • ‘Traditionally, Nigerians believe that there are two types of divinities: the Supreme Being, and the subordinate deities.’
      • ‘The pagan insisted that divinity was in trees and in all of nature.’
      • ‘Of all the religious practices and beliefs concerned with feminine divinities it is Shaktism which gives the Goddess a place of supreme importance.’
      • ‘To have your ultimate concern distributed in different directions is like polytheism - worship of many divinities.’
      • ‘The idols that have originally been introduced to serve as devotional media had got elevated to the status of divinity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘True, he was a confirmed atheist, who had no patience for divinity, prayers or rituals.’
      • ‘To be gripped by one great integrating, imperative concern or desire is like monotheism - worship of one divinity.’
      • ‘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.’
      deity, god, goddess, mother goddess, divine being, celestial being, supreme being
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    2. 1.2 God.
      • ‘Mary and Fred are not Humanity, but God is Divinity.’
      • ‘I believe that there is one Divinity, nameless, who is both beyond nature and within nature, including man.’
      • ‘The Divinity is best manifest as human consciousness.’
      • ‘It describes worship of Divinity through devotion to the physical yoni.’
      • ‘We approach Spirit and Divinity with the noblest of intentions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dhami initiates must plunge beneath the surface of the waters and enter into a trance to attract 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.’
      • ‘What is perfectly clear is the speech of the indescribable 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is almost identical to the last technique, but instead of a Holy Book saying it, some form of Divinity said it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Everything that Divinity created is infused with its essence.’
      • ‘Learn the right terms and the subtle differences in them, and you can explain the profound ways Hindus look at Divinity.’
      • ‘A seeker of true Divinity will attain salvation when he realizes the Truth, the all-pervasive Brahman.’
      • ‘Water the soil with love and humility and reap the fruits of Divinity.’
  • 2The study of religion; theology.

    ‘a doctor of divinity’
    • ‘In its 44 years the Union has had as prime ministers three generals, one doctor of divinity and now a ‘mister’.’
    • ‘When I give a fellow an honorary doctor of divinity, it's just a little piece of paper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Going on to study divinity at the University of St Andrews, Playfair undertook his theological studies at St Mary's College, St Andrews.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But in 1973, Case's career took a sharp turn when he decided to study divinity at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 later earned a master of divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in 1974.’
    • ‘He received his master of divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1988 and was ordained that same year.’
    • ‘Seminaries, schools of theology, divinity schools, and churches must face the pressing and rising presence of diversity.’
    • ‘This school was the first of the ‘literary and theological institutions,’ a mixture of liberal arts and divinity objectives.’
    • ‘In several universities, divinity schools were among the most vibrant sources of ideas and sustained engagement.’
    • ‘Queasiness at the sight of blood curtailed a medical career, and Darwin went to Cambridge to study divinity and join the church.’
    • ‘In 1984 he moved to Canada, where he did a masters in divinity and licentiate in moral theology at the University of Toronto.’
    theology, religious studies, religion, scripture
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  • 3A fluffy, creamy candy made with stiffly beaten egg whites.

    • ‘Then it's after dark and we're sitting next to Aunt Bee in the porch swing, eating divinity candy and drinking iced tea out of fruit jars.’
    • ‘Creamy and rich and thick divinity and taffy and fudge along with all kinds of rainbow-colored candy and cakes are also for sale.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

divinity

/dəˈvinədē//dəˈvɪnədi/