American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not fully divine but more than mortal, as a demigod in Greek mythology.
- adj. Partially, but not wholly, divine
- semi- + divine (Wiktionary)
“But first comes the long, impossible-to-stage "Ride of the Valkyries," where Br nnhilde's eight semidivine sisters are supposed to fly in on horses bearing the corpses of heroes killed in battle.”
“Regarding its rulers as semidivine-god-men upon whom the course of nature depended-the clan believed wide-spread catastrophes would result from the gradual enfeeblement of the ruler and the final extinction of his powers in death.”
“In fact, they have released a rather large brood of semidivine semidemonic highly-conflicted offspring on the world.”
“Under President Putin, Russia has gone back to a Byzantine form of state-society relations where the so-called national leader is beyond criticism -- a semidivine figure who determines where the country goes and whose utterances decide what's permissible and what's not.”
“For Russia has gone back to a Byzantine form of state-society relations where the so-called national leader is beyond criticism -- a semidivine figure who determines where the country goes and whose utterances decide what's permissible and what's not.”
“The Mayan kings had some great names: Great Sun Lord Quetzal Macaw (whom later kinfs revered as the semidivine founder of the city), Mat Head (How'd you like to be called that?)”
“This is the kind of semidivine intervention that Mark Twain loved to ascribe to decisive moments in his life—the scrap of text from the Joan of Arc book he came upon in Hannibal, the fifty-dollar bill that he discovered in Keokuk.”
“To reconcile this valium-starved wreck with the text's many references to Medea's fame, power, and semidivine status, Warner makes some half-hearted references to Medea as being some kind of "celebrity": the chorus, here, is a gang of autograph-seeking groupies — "the people who stand outside the Oscars," as Warner put it.”
“As is the usual case for communions with good girls and most especially with more than semidivine ones like Dowd, the talk drifted to the woes of woman as brought vividly back to mind by Benazir Bhutto's defrocking as Pakistani prime minister.”
“That may be part of the plan, the semidivine detachment.”
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