soothsayer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soothsayer someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Soothsayer (Zoöl) A mantis.
    • Soothsayer One who foretells events by the art of soothsaying; a prognosticator.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n soothsayer One who tells the truth; a truthful person.
    • n soothsayer One who prognosticates: a diviner: generally used of a pretender to prophetic powers.
    • n soothsayer A mantis or rearhorse. See cut under Mantidæ. Also called camel-cricket, praying-mantis, devil's horse, devil's race-horse, etc. Synonyms Seer, etc. See prophet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Soothsayer one who divines, esp. a pretender to the power
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sóth, true; Ice. sannr, true.

Usage

In literature:

Dreadfully alarmed at the prodigy, he runs full of concern to the soothsayers.
"The Fables of Phædrus" by Phaedrus
Against this action his friends protested, while the soothsayers found the portents unfavorable.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Caesar was approached by an old man who claimed to be a prophet or a soothsayer.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
He consulted soothsayers who divined with burned rams' bones.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Soothsayers, diviners, prophets, mediums, conjurers, and seers consequently have been found in every age and among every people.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
The king cried aloud to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
Your soothsayer is a marvel.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
He sent away the soothsayer, or prophet, Megistias, but he returned, and bade his son go home.
"The True Story Book"
I am Nicol Pendarves, as a soothsayer like yourself will have guessed already.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
A soothsayer bids you beware the Ides of March.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
These were Sericus, a musician, Asbolius, a wrestling master, and Campensis, a soothsayer.
"The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus" by Ammianus Marcellinus
He was looked upon as a great soothsayer and wizard, who could turn death into life.
"Aino Folk-Tales" by Basil Hall Chamberlain
Next morning Mugema, the potter, was seen passing the soothsayer's door, and was hailed by the great witch-finder.
"My Dark Companions" by Henry M. Stanley
They had much to think about, and could obtain little comfort from their wise men and soothsayers.
"With Wolseley to Kumasi" by F.S. Brereton
The phenomenon is explained by the soothsayers, and the sedition is appeased.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 98, December, 1865" by Various
Did you ever see a pessimist who wasn't infallible as a soothsayer?
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
He asked the soothsayer what the three Big Men were doing.
"More Celtic Fairy Tales" by Various
The soothsayers prophesied evil to come.
"In Love With the Czarina and Other Stories" by Mór Jókai
This name belongs originally to the priests of the ancient Hungarians, and it is still given to soothsayers.
"The Village Notary" by József Eötvös
But children are soothsayers and prophets; and they have open visions, it may be, if we would but listen to their low breathing.
"Great Mysteries and Little Plagues" by John Neal
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In news:

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Soothsaying might still be banned in some parts of the country, but St Johnsbury has repealed the ordinance against peering into the future that it had on the books since 1966.
Creation Is Crucifixion Confessions of A Soothsayer In_Silico.
That soothsayer who warned Julius Caesar to "beware the ides of March" didn't know crap.
Let's take a look at all the predictions and soothsayings being predicted and soothsaid.
The ancient Scythians discouraged frivolous prophecies by burning to death any soothsayer whose predictions didn't come true.
The term " prophet " is often vulgarized to mean "soothsayer" or "fortune teller.
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