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soothsayer

[sooth-sey-er] /ˈsuθˌseɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person who professes to foretell events.
Origin of soothsayer
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English sothseyere, sothseyer. See sooth, say1, -er1
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  • He was also a soothsayer, and could repeat the whole of the prophetical Buena Dicha by heart.

    Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes Charles Sellers and Others
  • To this the soothsayer adds the ceremonial element, 'attending upon the gods.'

    Euthyphro Plato
  • Charmian, addressing Alexas in a flattering manner, asked where was the soothsayer he praised so much.

  • Next day, Coeratadas arrived with the victims and the soothsayer.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • The table being at length covered, such viands were placed before Thorbiorga as suited her character of a soothsayer.

    The Pirate Sir Walter Scott
  • “You have divined the offence like a soothsayer,” said the stranger, laughingly.

    Romola George Eliot
British Dictionary definitions for soothsayer

soothsayer

/ˈsuːθˌseɪə/
noun
1.
a seer or prophet
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Word Origin and History for soothsayer
n.

mid-14c., zoþ ziggere (Kentish), "one who speaks truth,;" late 14c., sothseggere, "fortune-teller;" see sooth + say. Old English had soðsagu "act of speaking the truth."

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soothsayer in the Bible

one who pretends to prognosticate future events. Baalam is so called (Josh. 13:22; Heb. kosem, a "diviner," as rendered 1 Sam. 6:2; rendered "prudent," Isa. 3:2). In Isa. 2:6 and Micah 5:12 (Heb. yonenim, i.e., "diviners of the clouds") the word is used of the Chaldean diviners who studied the clouds. In Dan. 2:27; 5:7 the word is the rendering of the Chaldee gazrin, i.e., "deciders" or "determiners", here applied to Chaldean astrologers, "who, by casting nativities from the place of the stars at one's birth, and by various arts of computing and divining, foretold the fortunes and destinies of individuals.", Gesenius, Lex. Heb. (See SORCERER.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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