Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not fully divine but more than mortal, as a demigod in Greek mythology.

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  • adjective Partially, but not wholly, divine

Etymologies

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semi- +‎ divine

Examples

  • 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.

    What Staging Can Do, for Good or Ill

  • 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.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • In fact, they have released a rather large brood of semidivine semidemonic highly-conflicted offspring on the world.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • In fact, they have released a rather large brood of semidivine semidemonic highly-conflicted offspring on the world.

    Forgotten Friday’s: Kage Baker Writes Fantasy Too

  • 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.

    Putin's 'Jackals'

  • 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.

    Help May Be on the Way

  • 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?)

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • 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?)

    The Ruins of Copan

  • 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.

    Mark Twain

  • 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.

    Mark Twain

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