Definition of soothsayer in English:

soothsayer

Syllabification: sooth·say·er
Pronunciation: /ˈso͞oTHˌsāər
 
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noun

A person supposed to be able to foresee the future.
More example sentences
  • Do you really think that while they're arresting heretics is the best time to be having trade with fortune tellers and soothsayers?
  • They recall the prophesy that a soothsayer named Calchas had once made about the future.
  • Then he calls his soothsayers, but the wise men only shake their heads.
Synonyms
seer, oracle, augur, prophet/prophetess, sage, prognosticator, diviner, fortune teller, crystal gazer, clairvoyant, psychic
literary sibyl
rare haruspex

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'person who speaks the truth'): see sooth.

Derivatives

soothsaying

noun
More example sentences
  • Where the distinction between reliable and unreliable information is unclear, quackery, soothsaying, and magical thinking thrive.
  • The relative prosperity afforded by tearoom soothsaying freed Martin to pursue art.
  • An astrologer and healer born 500 years ago, he had the ear of royals, businessmen and clergy, even though the church prohibited soothsaying and the Inquisition was running hot.

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