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palmistry Syllabification: palm·is·try
Pronunciation: /ˈpä(l)məstrē/

Definition of palmistry in English:


The art or practice of supposedly interpreting a person’s character or predicting their future by examining the lines and other features of the hand, especially the palm and fingers.
Example sentences
  • During the reading my psychic used such ancient arts as numerology, astrology, palmistry, tarot cards and rune stones and even found hidden meaning in the color of my tie.
  • In palmistry, the reading of character and the divination of an individual's future are derived from the lines, marks, and patterns on the palms of the hands.
  • I thought that people believed in palmistry and other divination procedures because they could easily fit very general statements to their particular situation.


Late Middle English: from palm2 + -estry (of unknown origin), later altered to -istry, perhaps on the pattern of sophistry.

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