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soothsayer

[sooth-sey-er]
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noun
  1. a person who professes to foretell events.
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Origin of soothsayer

First recorded in 1300–50, soothsayer is from the Middle English word sothseyere, sothseyer. See sooth, say1, -er1
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Related Words

divinermediumforecasterprophetpsychicclairvoyantoracleaugurfortune-teller

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  • To this the soothsayer adds the ceremonial element, 'attending upon the gods.'

  • Laches draws the inference that the courageous man is either a soothsayer or a god.

    Laches

    Plato

  • And yet Nicias, would you allow that you are yourself a soothsayer, or are you neither a soothsayer nor courageous?

    Laches

    Plato

  • Next day, Coeratadas arrived with the victims and the soothsayer.

    Anabasis

    Xenophon

  • “You have divined the offence like a soothsayer,” said the stranger, laughingly.

    Romola

    George Eliot


British Dictionary definitions for soothsayer

soothsayer

noun
  1. a seer or prophet
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Word Origin and History for soothsayer

n.

mid-14c., zoþ ziggere (Kentish), "one who speaks truth,;" late 14c., sothseggere, "fortune-teller;" see sooth + say. Old English had soðsagu "act of speaking the truth."

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