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[sib-uh-leen, -lahyn, -lin] /ˈsɪb əˌlin, -ˌlaɪn, -lɪn/
of, resembling, or characteristic of a sibyl; prophetic; oracular.
mysterious; cryptic.
Also, sibylic, sibyllic
[si-bil-ik] /sɪˈbɪl ɪk/ (Show IPA)
Origin of sibylline
First recorded in 1570-80, sibylline is from the Latin word Sibyllīnus pertaining to a sibyl. See sibyl, -ine1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They knew well that sibylline look on the face of Miranda Brown.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
  • The sibylline oracle forbade restoring the king "with a multitude."

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • It is doubtful even if the presence of the sibylline books in Rome goes back beyond the republic.

    The Religion of Numa Jesse Benedict Carter
  • Such were the authors of apocalypses and sibylline writings.

  • It is a sibylline answer which nowise prejudices what he may do in future.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • The thoughts of these men are like the sibylline leaves, profound but lost.

    Soliloquies in England George Santayana
  • Their sibylline books have prophesied the fall of Rome, though they use the name 'Babylon.'

    Historical Miniatures August Strindberg
  • The very comparison with her tends to divest the others of the sibylline character.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The sibylline verses now extant are universally deemed to be spurious.

    Roman Women Alfred Brittain
  • That the great mass of the sibylline books is spurious is glaringly obvious.

    Roman Mosaics Hugh Macmillan
Word Origin and History for sibylline

1570s, from Latin sibyllinus, from sibylla (see sibyl).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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