- a person who sees; observer.
- a person who prophesies future events; prophet: Industry seers predicted higher profits.
- a person endowed with profound moral and spiritual insight or knowledge; a wise person or sage who possesses intuitive powers.
- a person who is reputed to have special powers of divination, as a crystal gazer or palmist.
Origin of seer1
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Origin of seer2
- a unit of weight in India, varying in value but usually 1/40 of a maund: the government ser is divided into 80 tolas of 180 English grains and equals nearly 2 pounds 1 ounce avoirdupois (950 grams).
Origin of ser
Examples from the Web for seer
Bob Dylan makes the theory of relativity worth caring about at all: he is a seer.Bob Dylan: Why We Can Never Know Him
November 9, 2013
How dove I know where the 'seer lives at this hour o' the night?
Then Arexion the seer sacrificed, and at the first essay the victims were favourable.Anabasis
The vision seen in the crystal does not exist objectively, but only in the mind of the seer.Telepathy
W. W. Baggally
Perhaps, had that seer of the future been a friend, I should have been secretly saddened.Some Reminiscences
The name "seer" indicates the nature of this kind of prophecy.History of Religion
- a person who can supposedly see into the future; prophet
- a person who professes supernatural powers
- a person who sees
- a variant spelling of ser
- a unit of weight used in India, usually taken as one fortieth of a maund
Word Origin and History for seer
late 14c., "one to whom divine revelations are made," agent noun from see (v.). Originally rendering Latin videns, Greek bleptor (from Hebrew roeh) in Bible translations (e.g. I Kings ix:9). Literal sense of "one who sees" is attested from early 15c.