Definition of soothsayer
: a person who predicts the future by magical, intuitive, or more rational means : prognosticator
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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
Venture capitalist and Internet soothsayer Mary Meeker unveiled her Internet trends for 2017 on Wednesday during the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
The soothsayer is brought in, a bearded and bedraggled Doctor: Churchill:
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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.
First Known Use of soothsayer
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Definition of soothsayer for English Language Learners
: someone who makes predictions about what is going to happen in the future
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Definition of soothsayer for Students
: a person who claims to foretell events
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