divinatory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj divinatory based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence "theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural","the supposed reason for his absence","suppositious reconstructions of dead languages","hypothetical situation"
    • adj divinatory resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy "the high priest's divinatory pronouncement","mantic powers","a kind of sibylline book with ready and infallible answers to questions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Divinatory Professing, or relating to, divination. "A natural divinatory instinct."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • divinatory Pertaining to a divinator or to divination; divining.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. divinatoire,

Usage

In literature:

In this, quoth Epistemon, he doth very well, right, and like an artist, for Nicander calleth it the divinatory tree.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
In this, quoth Epistemon, he doth very well, right, and like an artist, for Nicander calleth it the divinatory tree.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
The cake had also a divinatory character.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch
The belief in the sacredness or divinity of the human body has led to the search for divinatory signs in its parts.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
The extent of this treatise does not allow a detailed exposition of the many divinatory arts which had their adepts among the people.
"The Magic of the Middle Ages" by Viktor Rydberg
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In news:

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