1 [see-er for 1; seer for 2–4]
a person who sees; observer.
a person who prophesies future events; prophet: Industry seers predicted higher profits.
a person endowed with profound moral and spiritual insight or knowledge; a wise person or sage who possesses intuitive powers.
a person who is reputed to have special powers of divination, as a crystal gazer or palmist.

1350–1400; Middle English; see see1, -er1

2. oracle, soothsayer, augur. Unabridged


2 [seer, sair]

1610–20 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
seer1 (sɪə)
1.  a person who can supposedly see into the future; prophet
2.  a person who professes supernatural powers
3.  a person who sees
fem n

seer2 (sɪə)
a variant spelling of ser

ser or seer (sɪə)
a unit of weight used in India, usually taken as one fortieth of a maund
[from Hindi]
seer or seer
[from Hindi]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "one to whom divine revelations are made," from see (v.). Originally rendering L. videns, Gk. bleptor (from Heb. roeh) in Bible translations (e.g. I Kings ix.9). Lit. sense of "one who sees" is attested from early 15c.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
surveillance, epidemiology, and end results
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Bible Dictionary

Seer definition

a name sometimes applied to the prophets because of the visions granted to them. It is first found in 1 Sam. 9:9. It is afterwards applied to Zadok, Gad, etc. (2 Sam. 15:27; 24:11; 1 Chr. 9:22; 25:5; 2 Chr. 9:29; Amos 7:12; Micah 3:7). The "sayings of the seers" (2 Chr. 33:18, 19) is rendered in the Revised Version "the history of Hozai" (marg., the seers; so the LXX.), of whom, however, nothing is known. (See PROPHET.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
One of the best ways to avoid becoming bait is to understand that you are not a seer.
For another, one risks being taken seriously as a seer.
In the common view today, the artist is a seer and prophet.
He is a seer-he is individual-he is complete in himself-the others are as good as he, only he sees it, and they do not.
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