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sibyl Syllabification: sib·yl
Pronunciation: /ˈsib(ə)l/

Definition of sibyl in English:


1A woman in ancient times supposed to utter the oracles and prophecies of a god.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈsibəˌlīn/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with sibyl

cranesbill • crossbill • sawbill
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