Definition of haruspication in English:

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haruspication

Pronunciation: /hərʌspɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/

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noun

[mass noun]
(In ancient Rome) the interpretation of omens by inspecting the entrails of sacrificial animals.
Example sentences
  • Haruspication has died out more completely than almost any magical rite.
  • The Babylonians claimed that haruspication was the invention of the gods, and that the passions were housed not in the heart, but the liver.
  • The examination of the liver of a sacrificed sheep, haruspication, was learnt from the Mesopotamians.

Origin

Late 19th century: from haruspex + -ation.

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