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soothsayer

[sooth-sey-er] /ˈsuθˌseɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person who professes to foretell events.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English sothseyere, sothseyer. See sooth, say1, -er1
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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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