sibylline

[ sib-uh-leen, -lahyn, -lin ]
/ ˈsɪb əˌlin, -ˌlaɪn, -lɪn /

adjective

of, resembling, or characteristic of a sibyl; prophetic; oracular.
mysterious; cryptic.

Nearby words

  1. sibship,
  2. sibuyan sea,
  3. sibyl,
  4. sibylla,
  5. sibyllic,
  6. sibylline books,
  7. sic,
  8. sic passim,
  9. sic semper tyrannis,
  10. sic transit gloria mundi

Also si·byl·ic, si·byl·lic [si-bil-ik] /sɪˈbɪl ɪk/.

Origin of sibylline

First recorded in 1570–80, sibylline is from the Latin word Sibyllīnus pertaining to a sibyl. See sibyl, -ine1

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Word Origin and History for sibylline

sibylline

adj.

1570s, from Latin sibyllinus, from sibylla (see sibyl).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper