div·​i·​na·​tion | \ ˌdi-və-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce divination (audio) \

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 How to pronounce divinatory (audio) , 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?
Recent Examples on the Web Others prefer seances, divination and selfies with Krampus, Santa’s evil counterpart, who punishes the naughty and ignores the nice. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "You might think the vibe at this curiosity shop and arts venue is creepy, or it might be just what you’re looking for," 2 Dec. 2019 But all of the props, vintage occult books and divination tools have value, probably for someone on your list. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Gift the weird from Prometheus Esoterica," 27 Nov. 2019 The wishbone tradition dates back to the Roman Empire and its belief that birds have magical divination powers. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville has a 27-foot wishbone. Here's what our city is wishing for this Thanksgiving," 22 Nov. 2019 The newcomers go for spells, crystals and forms of divination such as tarot cards, said Dulcis. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s witches: A craving for magic and meaning drives millennials to spells, potions and rituals," 24 Oct. 2019 Other items with mystical uses are a divination tapper and protective amulets. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "UConn’s Benton museum infused with spirit of Africa," 26 Aug. 2019 The way people have read tarot has evolved over centuries, but many believe them to be a tool for divination or looking into the unknown. Erica Euse, Teen Vogue, "How Tarot Cards Are Used to Help Mental Health," 27 Dec. 2018 Some say tarot was simply a card game like bridge or poker; others say the cards were always used for divination. Jane Stern, Town & Country, "My Love of Tarot Is a Family Tradition," 24 Sep. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of divination was in the 14th century

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13 Dec 2019

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“Divination.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divination. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of divination

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

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