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soothsay

[sooth-sey]
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verb (used without object), sooth·said, sooth·say·ing.
  1. to foretell events; predict.
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Origin of soothsay

First recorded in 1600–10; back formation from soothsayer
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Related Words for soothsay

foreshadow, signify, foretell, presage, portend, foresee, envision, conclude, anticipate, forecast, call, think, forebode, augur, calculate, gauge, determine, estimate, prefigure, prophesy

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Historical Examples of soothsay

  • Thou must be wealthy and art bountiful, so it is worth while to soothsay for thee.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest

    Alexander Glovatski


British Dictionary definitions for soothsay

soothsay

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

v.

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

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