Definition of divinize in US English:


(British divinise)


[with object]
  • Make (someone) divine; deify.

    ‘this brush with death seems to have divinized her’
    • ‘It would be one in which no trace of divinity remained, either in the form of a divinized world or a divinized self.’
    • ‘This ‘light’ is the divinized subjectivity of humanity, but it is the ‘prophet’ who correctly mediates this light.’
    • ‘Though humans are ‘a little lower than angels,’ our destiny is to be divinized in Christ and raised above even the angels.’
    • ‘How shall we accomplish this divinizing task in our preaching?’
    • ‘Eyes and ears are means through which God can divinize the human.’
    • ‘This is quite different from a view of theosis wherein the divine agent divinizes, transforms, the human agent!’
    • ‘Wink's project is to construct a ‘Christology from below,’ since he believes that the divinized Christ hinders human transformation.’
    • ‘The idea of being divinized, or Christed, is still a bit shocking to my Western Protestant ears, and yet it is a basic implication of the Christian gospel.’
    • ‘Its fruit is the acquisition of the virtues, divinising love and the joy which cannot be severed from these.’
    • ‘Still, human transcendentality is imminently borne and fulfilled by this divinizing ‘self-communication of God’ in history.’
    • ‘The prophetic critique of primal Canaanite religion had the effect of desacralizing nature and divinizing morality.’
    • ‘And that which the icon represents or ‘makes present’ is divinized humanity - every icon necessarily contains a holy human face.’
    • ‘Only that which leads to the divinizing union of God and humankind is depicted, and only through methods that facilitate this divinization.’
    • ‘We are divinized, given nothing other than God's own life in the crucified one, a paradox we must remain in rather than reject or attempt to resolve.’
    • ‘Appreciating this re-enchants and divinizes the world.’
    worship, revere, venerate, reverence, hold sacred, pay homage to, extol, exalt, adore
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Mid 17th century: from French diviniser, from divin ‘divine’.