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 divination (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 These cards—which go by many names, like divination, oracle, mindfulness, affirmation—make regular appearances in Dua’s life. Jen Wang, Vogue, 10 May 2022 Using tarot, scrying, pendulums, runes and other forms of intuitive counseling, Amanda Yates Garcia, known as the Oracle of L.A., offers clarity through elemental divination sessions. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Throughout history, Chinese rulers—who were sometimes paranoid megalomaniacs—used astronomical divination to justify their often eccentric decisions, and a total solar eclipse was believed to be a bad omen. Mark Jenkins, Outside Online, 8 July 2020 His master cut up Luc's body and sold the parts for divination. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 21 Mar. 2022 There is also a spider divination interpreted by Bollo Pierre Tadios. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 Ethereal Weaving also incorporates elements of Onmyodo, a Japanese system of magic and divination, as well as Ninjutsu martial arts. George Yang, Wired, 3 Feb. 2022 From the Oracle at Delphi to the Yoruba practitioners of Ifá, there are myriad ways to approach divination and myriad reasons for wanting to see into the future. Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 The danger is that modern predictions with an AI imprint are considered more scientific, and hence more likely to be accurate, than those produced by older systems of divination. Amanda Rees, Wired, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Divination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divination. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of divination

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

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