di·​vin·​er də-ˈvī-nər How to pronounce diviner (audio)
: a person who practices divination : soothsayer
: 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 In a town hit by drought, young Estrella, a water diviner, works with her father, in charge of water distribution to the community. Pablo Sandoval, Variety, 23 Nov. 2023 For shrine pieces or diviner pieces, by placing them on an altar in the space resembling a diviner’s structure, the viewer can better imagine placing an offering on a shrine, or sitting with a diviner for a consultation. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2023 There is a sense that Black women are diviners of culture. Attica Locke, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2023 The opon ifa, or divination tray, is the central instrument used by the diviner or priest in the complex Yoruba ritual of divination, whose purpose is making decisions for ceremonial sacrifices and seeking solutions to serious spiritual problems through the help of ancestors and deities. NOLA.com, 1 Sep. 2020 Together, these twin S’s form the essence of an equation that is arguably the most effective diviner of the future yet devised. Quanta Magazine, 6 Feb. 2023 Some time after, Jacob, Monica, and a water diviner locate the perfect spot for a well. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2022 The breakthrough was one of several landmark findings by Barnett and Pierce, whose work enriched Scripps’ reputation as a diviner of how the ocean, sea, and humans interact. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Aug. 2022 But then, Poppy has long been a diviner of the zeitgeist. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of diviner was in the 14th century

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“Diviner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diviner. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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