soothsaying

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soothsaying the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Soothsaying A prediction; a prophecy; a prognostication. "Divinations and soothsayings and dreams are vain."
    • Soothsaying A true saying; truth.
    • Soothsaying The act of one who soothsays; the foretelling of events; the art or practice of making predictions. "A damsel, possessed with a spirit of divination . . . which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n soothsaying A foretelling; a prediction; especially, the prognostication of a diviner; also, the art or occupation of divination.
    • n soothsaying A true saying; truth. Synonyms See prophet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Soothsaying divination, prediction
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Kuo was the son of a wandering soothsayer and a blind beggar-woman.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
She thought it must be through it that the soothsayer would come forth.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Without sending a single fume to his head, the wine seemed to shoot to his heart, and begin soothsaying there.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
But, though better informed than the Wise Men and Soothsayers of old, I did not gratify her unusual desire.
"Much Darker Days" by Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
They have the surname of Ojha, which is one of those borne by the caste and signifies a soothsayer.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Ah, witless souls of soothsayers!
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
The Soothsayer forbade it!
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Years before, a soothsayer had told her that her son would be Emperor and that he would kill her.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
I'm not a soothsayer.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
He was their soothsayer, and ever sat Beside the beaker, inmost of them all.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
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In news:

Wall Street's Soothsayers See Darkening Clouds.
The Mars Volta Soothsayer The Bedlam in Goliath Umvd Labels 10:27.
The ' soothsayer ' who came to dinner.
Dennis Gonzalez NY Quartet Dance of the Soothsayer 's Tongue: Dennis Gonzalez NY Quartet at Tonic Clean Feed.
Dance of the Soothsayer 's Tongue features the much-discussed 34-minute recording of trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez's quartet at Tonic, during the 2003 Festival of New Trumpet Music.
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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