- (in ancient Rome) one of a class of minor priests who practiced divination, especially from the entrails of animals killed in sacrifice.
Origin of haruspex
1575–85; < Latin, equivalent to haru- (akin to hīra intestine; see chord1) + spec- (stem of specere to look at) + -s nominative singular ending
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Examples from the Web for haruspex
"He is indispensable to us at this time," said the haruspex.
During this speech the haruspex had frequently shrugged his shoulders.
"So long as you are our leader, certainly," cried the haruspex.
The haruspex ordered that the "ill-used man" should be set at liberty.
Manlius assisted in bringing the animals selected for victims to the haruspex.A Christian But a Roman
- (in ancient Rome) a priest who practised divination, esp by examining the entrails of animals
C16: from Latin, probably from hīra gut + specere to look
Word Origin and History for haruspex
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