Definitions for: Divination


[n] the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
[n] a prediction uttered under divine inspiration



Webster (1913) Definition: Div`i*na"tion, n. [L. divinatio, fr. divinare,
divinatum, to foresee, foretell, fr. divinus: cf. F.
divination. See Divine.]
1. The act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling of future
events; the pretended art discovering secret or future by
preternatural means.

There shall not be found among you any one that . .
. useth divination, or an observer of times, or an
enchanter. --Deut. xviii.
10.

Note: Among the ancient heathen philosophers natural
divination was supposed to be effected by a divine
afflatus; artificial divination by certain rites,
omens, or appearances, as the flight of birds, entrails
of animals, etc.

2. An indication of what is future or secret; augury omen;
conjectural presage; prediction.

Birds which do give a happy divination of things to
come. --Sir T.
North.

Synonyms: foretelling, fortune telling, prophecy, soothsaying

See Also: chirology, chiromancy, dowse, dowsing, forecasting, foretelling, geomancy, hydromancy, lithomancy, necromancy, onomancy, oracle, palm reading, palmistry, prediction, prognostication, prognostication, prophecy, pyromancy, rhabdomancy, vaticination

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