sooth·​say·​ing | \ ˈsüth-ˌsā-iŋ How to pronounce soothsaying (audio) \

Definition of soothsaying

1 : the act of foretelling events

Other Words from soothsaying

soothsay \ ˈsüth-​ˌsā How to pronounce soothsaying (audio) \ intransitive verb

Examples of soothsaying in a Sentence

took the soothsayings published in the tabloids with a grain of salt
Recent Examples on the Web Now, with the latest episode out, those fans can rest easy — taking on the role of a soothsaying sorceress to deliver a hilarious commencement speech, Raja finally won her first star. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 13 June 2022 Few of the pundits who trumpet the long-term wisdom of Medicare for all or the negligible impact of deficit spending have the credentials for such soothsaying. Frank Bruni New York Times, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 But, much like the appearance of a soothsaying gypsy in a Victorian novel, the mysterious Elena, with her provocative air and accented English, portends the switch from light satire to melodrama. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2020 The remark was probably more lighthearted snark than dystopic soothsaying — although, fair enough, technology today has its down sides. Cate Mcquaid,, 11 July 2018 Maybe Butler had a side line in soothsaying, because the book imagines a society debilitated by authoritarian leadership, income inequality and environmental collapse. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2018 And despite the title, which refers to the book that made Luce’s name, there are no soothsaying vaginas. Lauren Groff, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2017 There was some soothsaying about the regulatory backlash that big companies like Inc., Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc. might face for their increasingly anti-competitive postures. Eric Newcomer,, 22 Sep. 2017 Our new employer was the Psychic Readers Network, a hotline known for its ads starring Miss Cleo, a motormouthed shaman with a lavishly fake Jamaican accent and a streetwise, no-nonsense approach to soothsaying. Bennett Madison, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of soothsaying

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Soothsaying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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