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[hawr-uh-skohp, hor‐] /ˈhɔr əˌskoʊp, ˈhɒr‐/
a diagram of the heavens, showing the relative position of planets and the signs of the zodiac, for use in calculating births, foretelling events in a person's life, etc.
a prediction of future events or advice for future behavior based on such a diagram.
Origin of horoscope
before 1050; Middle English, Old English horoscopus < Latin < Greek hōroskópos, equivalent to hōro-, combining form of hṓra hour + skópos -scope
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[hawr-uh-skop-ik, ‐skoh-pik, hor-uh‐] /ˌhɔr əˈskɒp ɪk, ‐ˈskoʊ pɪk, ˌhɒr ə‐/ (Show IPA),
unhoroscopic, adjective Unabridged
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the prediction of a person's future based on a comparison of the zodiacal data for the time of birth with the data from the period under consideration
the configuration of the planets, the sun, and the moon in the sky at a particular moment
Also called chart. a diagram showing the positions of the planets, sun, moon, etc, at a particular time and place
Derived Forms
horoscopic (ˌhɒrəˈskɒpɪk) adjective
Word Origin
Old English horoscopus, from Latin, from Greek hōroskopos ascendant birth sign, from hōrahour + -scope
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Word Origin and History for horoscope

c.1050, horoscopus, from Latin horoscopus; the modern form is considered to be a mid-16c. reborrowing via Middle French horoscope. Ultimately from Greek horoskopos "nativity, horoscope," also "one who casts a horoscope," from hora "hour" (see year) + skopos "watching" (see scope (n.1)), in reference to the hour of one's birth.

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