- the practice or art of foretelling events.
- a prediction or prophecy.
Origin of soothsaying
- to foretell events; predict.
Origin of soothsay
First recorded in 1600–10; back formation from soothsayer
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Examples from the Web for soothsaying
As already indicated, the Irulas, like the Yerukalas, indulge in soothsaying.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
Among these, the practice of soothsaying by bones is remarkable.Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2
This was separation from the ritual and from the implements of soothsaying.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Vol. I
George Adam Smith
So then she had known—she had spoken the truth in her soothsaying that day so long ago!The Magnificent Adventure
Birds, in soothsaying; wisdom shown by; tree which is a natural snare for.Essays and Miscellanies
- (intr) to predict the future
Word Origin and History for soothsaying
c.1600, back-formation from soothsayer. As a noun from 1540s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper