- the practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.
- augury; prophecy: The divination of the high priest was fulfilled.
- perception by intuition; instinctive foresight.
Origin of divination
Related Words for divinationaugury, prediction, prognostication, premonition, prophecy, soothsaying, palmistry, occultism, horoscopy
Examples from the Web for divination
Contemporary Examples of divination
I particularly like how such a complex reading mirrors the divination referenced in the work.Reading the Entrails
July 13, 2012
Historical Examples of divination
Second sight is the term that is used for the divination of the highlanders.The Poetical Works of William Collins
Knight, Andrew:—On the divination of flowers, 108;theory of cross-fertilization, 115.My Studio Neighbors
William Hamilton Gibson
Etruria furnished the people of Romulus with the science of divination.The Superstitions of Witchcraft
It could not have been a divination, therefore it must have been some obscure phenomenon of memory.The Child of Pleasure
Nobody ever heard of even numbers in any case of divination.The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2
Thomas de Quincey
- the art, practice, or gift of discerning or discovering future events or unknown things, as though by supernatural powers
- a prophecy
- a presentiment or guess
Word Origin and History for divination
late 14c., from Old French divination (13c.), from Latin divinationem (nominative divinatio) "the power of foreseeing, prediction," noun of action from past participle stem of divinare, literally "to be inspired by a god" (see divine (adj.)).