THINE, pronominal adj. Thy; belonging to thee; relating to thee; being the property of thee. It was formerly used for thy, before a vowel. Then thou mightest eat grapes thy fill, at thine own pleasure. Deutoronomy 32. But in common usage, thy is now used before a vowel in all cases. The principal use of thine now is when a verb is interposed between this word and the noun to which it refers. I will not take any thing that is thine. Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory. In the following passage, thine is used as a substitute for thy righteousness. I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. Psalms 71. In some cases, it is preceded by the sign of the possessive case, like nouns, and is then also to be considered as a substitute. If any of thine be driven out to the utmost parts of heaven-- Deutoronomy 30. It is to be observed that thine, like thou, is used only in the solemn style. In familiar and common language, your and yours are always used in the singular number as well as the plural.
I. adjectiveEtymology: Middle English thin, from Old English th?nDate: before 12th century archaicthy — used especially before a word beginning with a vowel or hII. pronoun, singular or plural in constructionEtymology: Middle English thin, from Old English th?n, from th?n thy — more at thyDate: before 12th century archaic that which belongs to thee — used without a following noun as a pronoun equivalent in meaning to the adjective thy; used especially in ecclesiastical or literary language and still surviving in the speech of Friends especially among themselves
Thou Thou, pron. [Sing.: nom. Thou; poss. Thyor Thine; obj. Thee. Pl.: nom. You; poss. Youror Yours; obj. You.] [OE. thou, [thorn]u, AS. [eth][=u], [eth]u; akin to OS. & OFries. thu, G., Dan. & Sw. du, Icel. [thorn][=u], Goth. [thorn]u, Russ. tui, Ir. & Gael. tu, W. ti, L. tu, Gr. sy`, Dor. ty`, Skr. tvam. [root]185. Cf. Thee, Thine, Te Deum.] The second personal pronoun, in the singular number, denoting the person addressed; thyself; the pronoun which is used in addressing persons in the solemn or poetical style. Art thou he that should come? --Matt. xi. 3. Note: ``In Old English, generally, thou is the language of a lord to a servant, of an equal to an equal, and expresses also companionship, love, permission, defiance, scorn, threatening: whilst ye is the language of a servant to a lord, and of compliment, and further expresses honor, submission, or entreaty.'' --Skeat. Note: Thou is now sometimes used by the Friends, or Quakers, in familiar discourse, though most of them corruptly say thee instead of thou.
Thine Thine ([th][imac]n), pron. & a. [OE. thin, AS. [eth][=i]n, originally gen. of [eth]u, [eth][=u], thou; akin to G. dein thine, Icel. [thorn]inn, possessive pron., [thorn][=i]n, gen. of [thorn][=u] thou, Goth. [thorn]eins, possessive pron., [thorn]eina, gen. of [thorn]u thou. See Thou, and cf. Thy.] A form of the possessive case of the pronoun thou, now superseded in common discourse by your, the possessive of you, but maintaining a place in solemn discourse, in poetry, and in the usual language of the Friends, or Quakers. Note: In the old style, thine was commonly shortened to thi (thy) when used attributively before words beginning with a consonant; now, thy is used also before vowels. Thine is often used absolutely, the thing possessed being understood.