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

Examples of diviner in a Sentence

Diviners foretold of the event. somehow the diviner failed to foresee her own misfortunes with the law
Recent Examples on the Web But then, Poppy has long been a diviner of the zeitgeist. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Sep. 2021 In conjunction with other divine instruments such as Iroke Ifa (diviner tapper), Ikin Ifa (sacred palm or kola nuts) and opele Ifa (divination chain), the tray is used to determine the verses associated with patron’s particular predicament. NOLA.com, 1 Sep. 2020 But like any good traveling diviner, this healer punched up his story to convince what must have been a pair of incredibly skeptical parents. Cody Cassidy, Wired, 8 June 2020 But the most skilled diviners of feline feelings were people with professional experience involving cats, including veterinarians. Karin Brulliard, chicagotribune.com, 4 Dec. 2019 Poole cemented himself as a much-sought-after diviner of internet culture, mixing with tech’s biggest names at the industry’s highest-profile gatherings—including giving a keynote speech at South by Southwest in 2011. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, 6 Aug. 2019 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, 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, 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, 15 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of diviner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Diviner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diviner. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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