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Origin of soothsay

First recorded in 1600–10; back formation from soothsayer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb -says, -saying or -said
  1. (intr) to predict the future
Derived Formssoothsaying, noun
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Word Origin and History for soothsay

c.1600, back-formation from soothsayer. As a noun from 1540s.

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