fortune telling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fortune telling the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fortune telling the practice or art of professing to reveal future events in the life of another.
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Quotations

  • Bert Whitney
    Bert Whitney
    “If I traveled to the end of the rainbow as Dame Fortune did intend, Murphy would be there to tell me the pot's at the other end.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    Thomas%20Fuller
    “Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.”

Usage

In literature:

Fortunately, Mrs. Corbett found out about this before the box was sent, and she had to tell him that the boys were only in fun.
"The Next of Kin" by Nellie L. McClung
Nor did she tell him of her father's good-fortune.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
By one of those fortunate incidents, which they tell me never happen to any body but a listener, I heard the sound of voices over the hedge.
"The Ladies' Vase" by An American Lady
He did not tell any one of his good fortune.
"The Wedge of Gold" by C. C. Goodwin
But tell me, I beg you, how it was that all this good fortune came to you.
"Old Peter's Russian Tales" by Arthur Ransome
At last someone introduced the subject of fortune-telling.
"The Argosy" by Various
His master put with it a check for the same amount, and sent him into the laundry to tell Ann of her good fortune.
"Diddie, Dumps & Tot" by Louise-Clarke Pyrnelle
They looked upon the matter as a species of fortune-telling.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
I dinna think Joris would tell a lie to save baith life and fortune.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
They say that she knows things, like fortune-telling and spells and love potions.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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In poetry:

Farewell, my pilgrim guest, farewell,
A few days since thou wert unknown,
None shall thy future fortunes tell,
But sweetly have the moments flown!
"The Old Man's Farewell" by Matilda Betham
``She never asks how my fortunes fare,
Nor wonders how full my purse is;
She sits on my knee, and she strokes my hair,
And I tell her my wildwood verses.
"An April Fool" by Alfred Austin
Yet bird’s clearest carol by fall or by swelling
No magical sense conveys,
And bells have forgotten their old art of telling
The fortune of future days.
"Songs Of Seven (complete)" by Jean Ingelow
Who shall guess what I may be?
Who can tell my fortune to me?
For, bravest and brightest that ever was sung,
May be -- and shall be -- the lot of the young!
"The Song Of Sixteen" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Bernard, if to you and me
Fortune all at once should give
Years to spend secure and free,
With the choice of how to live,
Tell me, what should we proclaim
Life deserving of the name?
"Pereunt Et Imputantur" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Well, should we chance to meet beside the Ford,
I and this chief whose valour ne'er has failed,
Story shall tell the fortune of each sword,
And who succumbed and who it was prevailed.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

The party is slated for 5 to 7 pm Nov 17 at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA, and it will feature games, fortune telling, trick-or-treating and a costume contest.
NexCen Brands CEO Bob D'Loren tells Fortune's Matt Boyle about his big plans for the newly-acquired athletic shoe retailer.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – THINK OF the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a service company with 260 lines of business -- the number of laws Congress tells it to enforce -- competing for resources and management attention.
(FORTUNE Small Business) – The hardest part was telling her daughter.
" does not possess a high school diploma or its equivalency and has limited work skills to work outside of her God-given talent of fortune telling ," Reagan wrote.
While federal prosecutors said it is not against the law to tell fortunes, they objected to Marks being allowed to work in the spiritual field.
8 charged in alleged $40 million fortune-telling scam.
CEO Patrick O'Dea tells Fortune's Matt Boyle how tiny Peet 's can challenge the giant of the specialty coffee industry.
EVER since the word got out about his tell-all documentary, "Born Rich," Jamie Johnson, a 23-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune, says his social life hasn't been the same.
Andrew is the Saint of Mystics, traditional games are played in Poland "fortune telling" a girls future husband to be.
Brad Keselowski recognizes how fortunate he is to be racing at NASCAR's top level, and uses the kind of joke a guy would tell his buddy over a beer as a metaphor for the situation he finds himself in.
Brad Keselowski recognizes how fortunate he is to be racing at NASCAR's top level, and uses the kind of joke a guy would tell his buddy over a beer as a metaphor for the situation he finds himself in.
Careful What You Ask A Fortune Telling Dog.
Pull up a chair, Nashville, and let me tell you your fortune.
Let's try our hand at a bit of fortune telling.
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In science:

This depends on whether galaxies really were assembled early, of course, and are fortunate that the observations Steidel describes in there Proceedings may well be capable of telling us when the galaxies formed.
Issues for the Next Generation of Galaxy Surveys
Then, I thank my family, for showing so much understanding toward me; for standing up the evil Germ´an (whom, fortunately, no one knows very well), and for all the support they had provided me from the outset. I hope I will be able, some day, to tell them exactly what my research is about.
Relic gravitational waves in the expanding Universe
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