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fortunetelling

[fawr-chuh n-tel-ing] /ˈfɔr tʃənˌtɛl ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or practice of predicting the future.
adjective
2.
engaged in or used for fortunetelling.
Also, fortune-telling.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; fortune + tell + -ing1
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Encyclopedia Article for fortune-telling

the forecasting of future events or the delineation of character by methods not ordinarily considered to have a rational basis. Evidence indicates that forms of fortune-telling were practiced in ancient China, Egypt, Chaldea, and Babylonia as long ago as 4000 BC. Prophetic dreams and oracular utterances played an important part in ancient religion and medicine

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