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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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Diviners foretold of the event. somehow the diviner failed to foresee her own misfortunes with the law
Recent Examples on the Web But the most skilled diviners of feline feelings were people with professional experience involving cats, including veterinarians. Karin Brulliard, chicagotribune.com, "Cats do have facial expressions, but you probably can’t read them," 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, "The Weird, Dark History of 8chan," 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, "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

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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 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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