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    Hi everybody,
    While I was reading I found this word "Divinised", but I could not find its meaning in the dictionary. When I was typing the word's processor showed it to be wrong, although I typed it correctly from the source. I believe it means that when someone was held to be a divine.
    What shall it be? What is the correct form of it?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by Latoof; 21-Nov-2004 at 06:12. Reason: Correcting.

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    perhaps the person has been beatified? ( to beatify =proclaim a saint)

    that's a term commonly used within the Roman Catholic church and means what I think what you were asking about.

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    Hi Natallie,
    I asked my teacher and he told me that the correct form of it is "divined" and that to be held as a Divine or Deity. I asked a British teacher.
    I wonder how do people publish their books with speeling mistakes?
    Thanks for your reply.

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    There are mistakes in books, I'm afraid.

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    'Deified' = made a god. I believe this is what is meant. 'Divined' = discovered via ESP.

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    So that means.....

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    Default Re: "Divinised"?

    What is your question, Latoof?

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    'Deified' = made a god. I believe this is what is meant. 'Divined' = discovered via ESP.
    I understood what you meant by 'Deified', but what do you mean by discovered via ESP ?
    One more thing is the word "devinised" wrong? Or is it just another form of the word?
    I am sorry for being "Stupid", but I am sure you will be patient with my questions.

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    ESP = extrasensory perception.

    Both 'devinised' and 'divinised' are highly questionable. 'Divinise' has been coined recently. Googling produces a mere 1970 pages using it, with various meanings of 'mythologize', 'spiritualize', 'deify'; most references appear to be 'New Age' religious sites. I would suggest that you wait for 'divinise' to appear as an entry in a reputable dictionary before you begin using it out of hand.

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    I concur with Mister Micawber. I think what is intended is 'deified'. To be sure about this, we'd need to know the context in which you found the word. Can you quote the passage?

    Divining doesn't necessarily involve ESP. Dousing (for example detecting underground water with crossed branches) is often called 'divining'. To divine is to guess (eg the future), intuit or find something using a method that is not understood by science.

    'Divinised' sounds ridiculous to me. Then again, 'burglarized' sounds ridiculous to my English ears, but Americans use it all the time....
    Last edited by TheMadBaron; 22-Nov-2004 at 08:15.

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