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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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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 Smith’s parents had been drawn into this religious passion—especially his father, who dabbled in divination until his dreams were filled with prophecies. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "How Joseph Smith and the Early Mormons Challenged American Democracy," 23 Mar. 2020 Inside the dough, there is a piece of rolled or folded piece of paper with a human character trait that is supposed to reveal a divination of sorts. NBC News, "From Chinese to Tibetan, all the most delicious Lunar New Year dishes explained," 25 Jan. 2020 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

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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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“Divination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divination. Accessed 2 Jul. 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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