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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Divinity  \Di*vin"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Divinities}.  [F.  divinit['e], 
  L.  divinitas  See  {Divine},  a.] 
  1.  The  state  of  being  divine;  the  nature  or  essence  of  God; 
  deity;  godhead. 
 
  When  he  attributes  divinity  to  other  things  than 
  God,  it  is  only  a  divinity  by  way  of  participation. 
  --Bp. 
  Stillingfleet 
 
  2.  The  Deity;  the  Supreme  Being  God. 
 
  This  the  divinity  that  within  us  --Addison. 
 
  3.  A  pretended  deity  of  pagans;  a  false  god. 
 
  Beastly  divinities,  and  droves  of  gods.  --Prior. 
 
  4.  A  celestial  being  inferior  to  the  supreme  God,  but 
  superior  to  man. 
 
  God  .  .  .  employing  these  subservient  divinities. 
  --Cheyne. 
 
  5.  Something  divine  or  superhuman;  supernatural  power  or 
  virtue;  something  which  inspires  awe. 
 
  They  say  there  is  divinity  in  odd  numbers.  --Shak. 
 
  There's  such  divinity  doth  hedge  a  king.  --Shak. 
 
  6.  The  science  of  divine  things  the  science  which  treats  of 
  God,  his  laws  and  moral  government,  and  the  way  of 
  salvation;  theology. 
 
  Divinity  is  essentially  the  first  of  the 
  professions.  --Coleridge. 
 
  {Case  divinity},  casuistry. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  divinity 
  n  1:  any  supernatural  being  worshipped  as  controlling  some  part 
  of  the  world  or  some  aspect  of  life  or  who  is  the 
  personification  of  a  force  [syn:  {deity},  {god},  {immortal}] 
  2:  the  quality  of  being  divine;  "ancient  Egyptians  believed  in 
  the  divinity  of  the  Pharaohs" 
  3:  white  creamy  fudge  made  with  egg  whites  [syn:  {divinity 
  fudge}] 
  4:  the  rational  and  systematic  study  of  religion  and  its 
  influences  and  of  the  nature  of  religious  truth  [syn:  {theology}] 




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