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

Definition of soothsaying

1 : the act of foretelling events

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

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took the soothsayings published in the tabloids with a grain of salt
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "“The Undoing” Is Empty Life-style Porn," 9 Nov. 2020 The remark was probably more lighthearted snark than dystopic soothsaying — although, fair enough, technology today has its down sides. Cate Mcquaid,, "Nam June Paik turned technology into art — and vice versa," 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, "Can Art Change the World? With Song, Dance and Cowboy Clichés Two Shows Offer Different Answers," 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, "Jeffrey Eugenides, Great American Novelist, Turns to the Story," 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,, "When Will the Cold Hand of Regulation Come for Startups?," 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, "I Was a Hotline Psychic for Miss Cleo," 5 Sep. 2016

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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 May. 2021.

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