Definition of sibylline in English:

sibylline

Line breaks: sibyl|line
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪbɪlʌɪn
 
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adjective

chiefly • literary
  • Relating to or characteristic of a sibyl; prophetic and mysterious: one glimpses them, uttering sibylline predictions of weal and woe his fascinating, if sometimes sibylline, meditations on the nation
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    • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin Sibillinus, from Sibylla sibyl.

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