diviner

noun
di·​vin·​er | \ də-ˈvī-nər How to pronounce diviner (audio) \

Definition of diviner

1 : a person who practices divination : soothsayer
2 : a person who divines the location of water or minerals

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Examples of diviner in a Sentence

Diviners foretold of the event. somehow the diviner failed to foresee her own misfortunes with the law

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When a diviner from Korea informs the emperor that his son would be a bad ruler, Genji is demoted to the status of a commoner. Emily Ferguson, WSJ, "The Legacy of a Japanese Classic," 22 Feb. 2019 The harvest rain’s principal contribution to the origins of religion was to spawn a priestly class—diviners and shamans—to forecast or summon it. Andrew Stark, WSJ, "‘Living With the Gods’ Review: The Gang’s All Here," 16 Nov. 2018 And summoning Paimon in particular might be an especially difficult process, according Dr. Alexander Cummins, a historian and diviner. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "‘It’s Pretty Involved’: Witches Explain How to Summon the Demon From Hereditary," 15 June 2018 Now diviners, instead of growing into maji, have become an underclass, heavily taxed and oppressed by a government who calls them maggots. Constance Grady, Vox, "If Children of Blood and Bone is the next big thing in YA, we’re all very lucky," 30 Mar. 2018 But when a mysterious scroll falls into the hands of Amari, a defiant princess, and Zélie, a tenacious diviner warrior, the two young women set out on a thrilling, death-defying journey to restore magic and take back the throne. Jennifer Hubert Swan, New York Times, "New Y.A. Books by Women of Color Rewrite Old Cultural Scripts," 2 Mar. 2018 Born with snow white hair and deep brown skin in the imaginary country of Orïsha, young diviners morph into mighty, magic-wielding maji, or magicians, at 13. Jennifer Hubert Swan, New York Times, "New Y.A. Books by Women of Color Rewrite Old Cultural Scripts," 2 Mar. 2018 Enter local diviner Seo Doyoon (Lee Seung-gi), who's charged with finding the princess love by analyzing compatible astrological data, personal energies and destinies. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Tonal confusion abounds in Korean romantic comedy 'The Princess and the Matchmaker'," 9 Mar. 2018 Water diviners and well-drilling companies in the area are booked out nearly a year; neighbors are going down many hundreds of feet to find water. Mike Sager, Esquire, "Growing Almonds in the Desert," 25 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of diviner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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diviner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diviner

formal + literary : a person who uses special powers to predict future events
: a person who searches for water under the ground by using a special stick (called a divining rod)

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