- 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
Examples from the Web for divinatory
It appears to me just as teleologic and divinatory as those I have previously named.An Ethnologist's View of History
Daniel G. Brinton
In its divinatory rôle it has often been connected with astrology.
The divinatory meanings follow, and then the modes of operation.
The belief in the sacredness or divinity of the human body has led to the search for divinatory signs in its parts.
The use of divinatory methods, with whatsoever intention and for whatever purpose, carries with it two suggestions.
- 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 divinatory
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.)).