hariolation

noun har·i·o·la·tion \ ˌharēəˈlāshən \

Definition of hariolation

plural -s
: the act or process of deduction : guesswork
  • facts as distinguished from what classical scholars call hariolations
  • —George Saintsbury

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Origin and Etymology of hariolation

Latin hariolation-, hariolatio action of prophesying, from hariolatus (past participle of hariolari to prophesy, divine) + -ion-, -io -ion; probably akin to Latin haruspex soothsayer, diviner


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