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divination

[ div-uh-ney-shuhn ]
/ ˌdɪv əˈneɪ ʃən /
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noun

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.

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Origin of divination

1350–1400; Middle English divinacioun (<Anglo-French ) <Latin dīvīnātiōn- (stem of dīvīnātiō), equivalent to dīvīnāt(us), past participle of dīvīnāre to soothsay (dīvīn-divine + -ātus-ate1) + -iōn--ion
di·vin·a·to·ry [dih-vin-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /dɪˈvɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for divination

divination
/ (ˌdɪvɪˈneɪʃən) /

noun

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
divinatory (dɪˈvɪnətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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