Definition of sibyl in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪbɪl


  • 1A woman in ancient times who was thought to utter the prophecies of a god.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 literary A woman able to foretell the future.


from Old French Sibile or medieval Latin Sibilla, via Latin from Greek Sibulla.

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