Definition of divination in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdɪvɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
The practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means: the Celtic art of divination [count noun]: the mediums are hired to perform divinations
More example sentences
  • It was her involvement in astronomy and astrology that purportedly aligned her with black magic and divination.
  • They are far simpler than tarot but have great power in both divination and practical magick.
  • All such forms of divination seem to be based on sympathetic magic and cold reading.
fortune telling, divining, foretelling the future, forecasting the future, prophecy, prediction, soothsaying, augury;
magic, sorcery, witchcraft, spellworking
rare vaticination, sortilege, auspication, witchery



Example sentences
  • One would think that, on the basis of that commonality, invoking Scathach and Odhinn for a divinatory ritual would present no problems.
  • However, using an oracle or some divinatory method, we gain a wider perspective of The Now and can find the item/person.
  • He provides a useful overview of divinatory techniques, astrology, and so on to demarcate these from precognition.


Late Middle English: from Latin divinatio(n-), from divinare 'predict' (see divine2).

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