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soothsaying

[sooth-sey-ing] /ˈsuθˌseɪ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the practice or art of foretelling events.
2.
a prediction or prophecy.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; sooth + saying

soothsay

[sooth-sey] /ˈsuθˌseɪ/
verb (used without object), soothsaid, soothsaying.
1.
to foretell events; predict.
Origin
1600-10; back formation from soothsayer
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British Dictionary definitions for soothsaying

soothsay

/ˈsuːθˌseɪ/
verb -says, -saying, -said
1.
(intransitive) to predict the future
Derived Forms
soothsaying, noun
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Word Origin and History for soothsaying

soothsay

v.

c.1600, back-formation from soothsayer. As a noun from 1540s.

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