soothsayer

[sooth-sey-er]
noun
a person who professes to foretell events.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English sothseyere, sothseyer. See sooth, say1, -er1

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soothsayer (ˈsuːθˌseɪə)
 
n
a seer or prophet

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Soothsayer definition


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.)

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His aura earned him vast hosts of fans and the role of high priest and soothsayer that he always believed was his birthright.
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