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

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

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Examples of divination in a Sentence

the art of reading tea leaves and other forms of divination if her powers of divination are so great, why doesn't she know what the stock market will do?

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Ancient civilizations incorporated crystals into daily life, integrating them into rituals, medicine, and divination. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Magickal Healing Crystals and What They Do," 9 Apr. 2018 Though all divinations require study and practice, chiromancy fundamentals are quite easy to learn. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Reading Palms," 4 June 2018 In magic and divination, the number 13 is associated with Sant'Antonio (Saint Anthony), an extremely popular saint whose feast day is June 13. Sarah Lyons, Teen Vogue, "How to Make Friday the 13th Good Luck Charms," 12 July 2018 Tea leaves are also used as a divination tool to explore the past, present, and future. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your Essential Guide to Tasseography, the Practice of Reading Tea Leaves," 7 May 2018 Over the course of the three days, students will be taught magical classes that include charms, potions, divinations, magical creatures and even flying lessons. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Leave the kids behind: Summer camp for adults," 6 July 2018 Whether based on data or on intuition, all these divinations of the national mood are rooted in the idea that the most important parts of our emotional weather are happening outside us as individuals, over our collective heads. Steven Hyden, New York Times, "Is the National ‘Mood’ the One in Polls or the One Online?," 2 July 2018 According to a news release, would-be wizards will learn things like brewing potions, discovering how to defeat dark witches and wizards, divination, casting curses and more. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "This major Harry Potter event, 'Wizard U,' is coming to Michigan," 8 June 2018 Remember, cosmic warriors, nothing should be overlooked in divination practices. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Reading Palms," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of divination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for divination

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

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English Language Learners Definition of divination

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


div·​i·​na·​tion | \ˌdi-və-ˈnā-shən \

Kids Definition of divination

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

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