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sibyl

[sib-uh l] /ˈsɪb əl/
noun
1.
any of certain women of antiquity reputed to possess powers of prophecy or divination.
2.
a female prophet or witch.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; < Greek Síbylla Sibylla; replacing Middle English Sibil < Medieval Latin Sibilla < Greek, as above
Synonyms
seer, prophetess, oracle, soothsayer.

Sibyl

[sib-uh l] /ˈsɪb əl/
noun
1.
a female given name.
Also, Sibylle.
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British Dictionary definitions for sibyl

sibyl

/ˈsɪbɪl/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) any of a number of women believed to be oracles or prophetesses, one of the most famous being the sibyl of Cumae, who guided Aeneas through the underworld
2.
a witch, fortune-teller, or sorceress
Derived Forms
sibylline (ˈsɪbɪˌlaɪn; sɪˈbɪlaɪn), sibyllic, sibylic (sɪˈbɪlɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C13: ultimately from Greek Sibulla, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for sibyl
n.

"woman supposed to possess powers of prophecy, female soothsayer," c.1200, from Old French sibile, from Latin Sibylla, from Greek Sibylla, name for any of several prophetesses consulted by ancient Greeks and Romans, of uncertain origin. Said to be from Doric Siobolla, from Attic Theoboule "divine wish."

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