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[sooth-sey-er] /ˈsuθˌseɪ ər/
a person who professes to foretell events.
Origin of soothsayer
First recorded in 1300-50, soothsayer is from the Middle English word sothseyere, sothseyer. See sooth, say1, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • To this the soothsayer adds the ceremonial element, 'attending upon the gods.'

    Euthyphro Plato
  • Laches draws the inference that the courageous man is either a soothsayer or a god.

    Laches Plato
  • And yet Nicias, would you allow that you are yourself a soothsayer, or are you neither a soothsayer nor courageous?

    Laches Plato
  • Next day, Coeratadas arrived with the victims and the soothsayer.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • “You have divined the offence like a soothsayer,” said the stranger, laughingly.

    Romola George Eliot
  • Of course you'll go and hear what the soothsayer has to say about the velvet case?

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson
British Dictionary definitions for soothsayer


a seer or prophet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for soothsayer

mid-14c., zoþ ziggere (Kentish), "one who speaks truth,;" late 14c., sothseggere, "fortune-teller;" see sooth + say. Old English had soðsagu "act of speaking the truth."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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