divination

noun div·i·na·tion \ ˌdi-və-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of divination

1 :the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers
2 :unusual insight :intuitive perception

divinatory

play \də-ˈvi-nə-ˌtȯr-ē, də-ˈvī-nə-, ˈdi-və-nə-\ adjective

Examples of divination in a Sentence

  1. the art of reading tea leaves and other forms of divination

  2. if her powers of divination are so great, why doesn't she know what the stock market will do?

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Origin and Etymology of divination

Middle English divinacioun, from Latin divination-, divinatio, from divinare — see 3divine

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DIVINATION Defined for English Language Learners

divination

noun

Definition of divination for English Language Learners

  • : the practice of using signs (such as an arrangement of tea leaves or cards) or special powers to predict the future


DIVINATION Defined for Kids

divination

noun div·i·na·tion \ ˌdi-və-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of divination for Students

:the art or practice of using signs and omens or magic powers to foretell the future


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