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Examples of soothsayer in a Sentence
a soothsayer predicted that I would meet the man of my dreams online, assuming of course that I became a subscriber to the Web site's dating service
Recent Examples of soothsayer from the Web
He's run many issue campaigns and is Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish's political soothsayer.
But as the credit crisis unfolded in 2008, the Harvard Ph.D. won sudden acclaim as a financial soothsayer.
Wearing a white tunic and skating as a character out of Japanese folklore, Abe no Seimei, a kind of soothsayer and supernatural protector, Hanyu landed a quadruple lutz for the first time in competition.
On New Year’s Eve, a Lebanese celebrity soothsayer predicted that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, would be advised to eat less fast food.
What brought her fame, however, was her career as a soothsayer, adviser and nurse.
The number on that stick corresponds to a short allegory or verse that, traditionally, interpreted by a soothsayer.
Just as Dumbledore could pull a thought from his ear and drop it in a birdbath to reveal the secrets of the past, these soothsayers pore over sales data of the past year to divine hints of the future.
The most amazing soothsayers are the ones who see far into the future, their predictions carrying no hint of their time period.
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Did You Know?
The origins are straightforward: a soothsayer is someone who says sooth. You may, however, find that less than enlightening! Sooth is an archaic word meaning "truth" or "reality" that dates from Old English and was used until about the first half of the 17th century. (It is believed to share an ancestor with words suggesting truthfulness and reality in Old Norse, Greek, Old High German, Sanskrit, Latin, and Gothic languages.) Soothsayer itself has been documented in print as far back as the 14th century. Today, it is also a moniker of the insect the mantis, whose name means "prophet" in Greek.
SOOTHSAYER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of soothsayer for English Language Learners
: someone who makes predictions about what is going to happen in the future
SOOTHSAYER Defined for Kids
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