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providence (ˈprɒvɪdəns Pronunciation for providence

Definitions

noun

    1. (Christianity) God's foreseeing protection and care of his creatures
    2. such protection and care as manifest by some other force
  1. a supposed manifestation of such care and guidance
  2. the foresight or care exercised by a person in the management of his affairs or resources

Synonyms

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= fate, fortune, destiny, God's will, divine intervention, predestination

Providence1 (ˈprɒvɪdəns Pronunciation for Providence1

Definitions

noun

  1. (Christianity) God, esp as showing foreseeing care and protection of his creatures

Word Origin

C14: via French from Latin prōvidēntia, from prōvidēre to provide; see provide, -ence

Providence2 (ˈprɒvɪdəns Pronunciation for Providence2

Definitions

noun

  1. a port in NE Rhode Island, capital of the state, at the head of Narragansett Bay: founded by Roger Williams in 1636. Pop: 176 365 (2003 est)

Translations for 'providence'

  • British English: providence Providence is God, or a force which is believed by some people to arrange the things that happen to us. NOUNThese women regard his death as an act of providence.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: providência
  • Chinese: 上帝
  • European Spanish: providencia
  • French: providence
  • German: Vorsehung
  • Italian: provvidenza
  • Japanese: 神意
  • Korean:
  • Portuguese: providência
  • Spanish: providencia

Example Sentences Including 'providence'

Gabriel herself had not had a happy family life, but a merciful providence , as she now saw it, had orphaned her early.
Butler, Gwendoline Coffin in Fashion
Given his circumstances, it is perhaps understandable that he was thinking about the vicissitudes of fate and providence.
The Australian (2004)
His sight returned after a month but he saw this as divine providence.
Stewart Lamont WHEN SCOTLAND RULED THE WORLD: The Story of the Golden Age of Genius, Creativity and Exploration (2002)
It may be one of the few freebies providence has tossed our way.
Globe and Mail (2003)
That is a daunting prospect, but we have faith in Divine providence and the generosity of our members and many friends.
Belfast Telegraph (2003)
There is always a hint of the hand of providence hovering over every election.
India Today (1996)
Those women would certainly regard his death as an act of providence.
Ashford, Jeffrey A Question of Principle
``I trust you're not tempting providence with that remark," he said.
Erskine, Barbara Midnight is a Lonely Place

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