[div-uh-ney-shuh n]


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

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
Related formsdi·vin·a·to·ry [dih-vin-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈvɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of divination

  • I particularly like how such a complex reading mirrors the divination referenced in the work.

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    July 13, 2012

Historical Examples of divination

British Dictionary definitions for divination



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
Derived Formsdivinatory (dɪˈvɪnətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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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.)).

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