Definition of sibyl in English:
1A woman in ancient times supposed to utter the oracles and prophecies of a god.
- Looking on are the prophets and sibyls, the mysterious seers of man's tragedy.
- They inquire of ancient apocalyptic books and oracles, of sibyls and divines, who remembered the future and predicted it in the past: an exercise in retroactive foresight.
- Droitture explains that her first stones are the sibyls and female prophets; as exemplars of prudent wisdom and fore - sight, they demonstrate that God has entrusted his secrets to faithful and devoted women.
- Example sentences
- Mrs Atwater, in sibylline style, predicts of Philip: ‘These hands will bring you great fame.’
- The girl's sibylline countenance unnerved viewers who, as one critic put it, were almost ‘repelled by the directness and force of the painting.’
- It's confessional and ruminative, yet also clipped, ‘teacherly’ and sibylline.
Pronunciation: /ˈsibəˌlīn, -ˌlēn/adjective
Definition of sibyl in:
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