Soothsaying Sooth"say`ing, n. 1. A true saying; truth. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. The act of one who soothsays; the foretelling of events; the art or practice of making predictions. [1913 Webster]

A damsel, possessed with a spirit of divination . . . which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying. --Acts xvi. 16. [1913 Webster]

3. A prediction; a prophecy; a prognostication. [1913 Webster]

Divinations and soothsayings and dreams are vain. --Eclus. xxxiv. 5. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • soothsaying — noun Date: 15th century 1. the act of foretelling events 2. prediction, prophecy • soothsay intransitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • soothsaying — /soohth say ing/, n. 1. the practice or art of foretelling events. 2. a prediction or prophecy. [1525 35; SOOTH + SAYING] * * * …   Universalium

  • soothsaying — noun A method of foretelling the future. See Also: soothsayer, fortune telling …   Wiktionary

  • soothsaying — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Something that is foretold by or as if by supernatural means: divination, oracle, prophecy, vaticination, vision. See FORESIGHT …   English dictionary for students

  • soothsaying — n. foretelling of the future, prediction; prophecyv. predict future events, foretell the future …   English contemporary dictionary

  • soothsaying — sooth·say·ing …   English syllables

  • soothsaying —  Прорицание …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • soothsaying — sooth•say•ing [[t]ˈsuθˌseɪ ɪŋ[/t]] n. 1) the practice or art of foretelling events 2) a prophecy or prediction • Etymology: 1525–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • soothsaying — /ˈsuθseɪ ɪŋ/ (say soohthsay ing) noun 1. the practice or art of foretelling events. 2. a prediction or prophecy …   Australian English dictionary

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