\ ˈsir How to pronounce seer (audio) , ˈsē-ər \

Definition of seer

1 : one that sees
2a : one that predicts events or developments
b : a person credited with extraordinary moral and spiritual insight
3 : one that practices divination especially by concentrating on a glass or crystal globe

Examples of seer in a Sentence

several leading Wall Street seers have cautioned investors to prepare for a downturn in the economy
Recent Examples on the Web Like Ernst and his fellow Surrealists, the German sees himself as an artist-seer. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 The Northman sees Amleth commune with the astral projection of a mystic seer, fight a walking skeleton to claim a special sword, and chat to the disembodied head of an old friend. David Sims, The Atlantic, 20 Apr. 2022 Eventually, Amleth’s military escapades are interrupted by the seer (a joyously weird one-scene performance by Björk) and, later on, the news that his uncle has settled in Iceland with Gudrún. David Sims, The Atlantic, 20 Apr. 2022 Any political seer who can accurately forecast gas prices when Americans vote in the fall should be on Wall Street rather than predicting elections. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 In this horrible place, Batman must survive the ferocious advances of a helpful chiropractor, an informative blind seer, and the supportive community of inmates who cheer each other on during escape attempts. Darren Franich,, 28 Feb. 2022 Faith Ringgold, artist-agitator-seer, can be thanked for that. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 An unplugged fanatic like Tartuffe is always going to have an unsettling effect on a family—though today our fanatic may as easily be a yoga enthusiast or a New Age seer as a puritanical hypocrite. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2022 The religious fair was cut short following the death of a seer due to covid-19, reports of fake RT-PCR tests, and photographic evidence of covid-19 protocol being completely abandoned. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of seer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Seer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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: a person who predicts events

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