View synonyms for prognosticator


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  1. a person who forecasts or predicts something future from present indications or signs; prophet:

    Maybe this faltering team can somehow defy the prognosticators and experts and make the playoffs.

  2. something that is a sign or indicator of a coming event:

    The woolly bear caterpillars and other prognosticators of winter suggest we will have a more normal one this year.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of prognosticator1

First recorded in 1550–60; prognosticat(e) ( def ) + -or 2( def )

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Example Sentences

The strange offseason was just the first shock to the prognosticating system.

One Washington prognosticator, however, stands above the rest.

He is," said political prognosticator Charlie Cook, "gregarious and cunning.

Behavior is just not the reliable prognosticator we imagine it to be.

He considered himself a prognosticator; and, what was more unfortunate, some eminent persons really thought he was.

The Mole has long been recorded as a prognosticator of change of weather, before which it becomes very active.

Two suns shone in the sky, prognosticator of still deeper frost.

"My husband is a weather prognosticator," commented his wife, humorously.

When the patchwork of mentalities was complete he allowed the conclusions of the prognosticator to occupy his mind.


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