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Divine, Divyne, a. Also: dyvyne, -vine, dywyne, -wine; divyn, divin. [ME. divyn(e, dyvyne (Chaucer), OF. divin, L. dīvīnus. Cf. Devine a.] Divine, sacred, in various applications.(1) c1420 Wynt. i. i. 2 (the quhilk dywyne scrypture lowys). a1500 Henr. III. 170/18 (for dyvine scripture). c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 48/23 (the diuine maieste of Ihesu). 1513 Doug. iii. vi. 168 (ful of the spreit dyvyne). Ib. vi. xii. 8 (the hie wysdome dyvyne). c1552 Lynd. Mon. 689 (be his sapience diuyne). Ib. 6087 (the heych diuyne nature). 1567 G. Ball. 19 (saif vs … for thy promis diuyne). a1578 Pitsc. I. 67/6 (the powar divyne of God).(2) 1508 Misc. Spald. C. V. 36 (for wphaldin of diuine seruice). 1528 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 121 (the said … sall do dywine seruice). 1533 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 62 (the vphalding of divyne service). 1584 Holyrood Chart. 294 (to dow … dywine seruice). a1586 Maitland Geneal. Setoun 17 (ane preist to do diuin service).(3) 1513 Doug. iii. vi. 7 (gentil Troiane, dyvyne interpretur). Ib. v. Prol. 29 (Virgile, poete dyvyne).(4) 1533 Bell. Livy II. 80/17 (the beildare of all divine tempillis). 1535 Stewart 28156 (the sepulture diuyne of euerie king). a1585 Maitl. Q. lxxxi. 23 (vnto thy seit divine).

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