Definitions for divinationˌdɪv əˈneɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

div•i•na•tionˌdɪv əˈneɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the practice of seeking to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.

  2. intuitive perception; instinctive foresight.

Origin of divination:

1350–1400; ME divinacioun (< AF) < L dīvīnātiō=dīvīnāre to practice divination, divine+-tiō -tion

di•vin•a•to•rydɪˈvɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. divination(noun)

    successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck

  2. prophecy, divination(noun)

    a prediction uttered under divine inspiration

  3. divination, foretelling, soothsaying, fortune telling(noun)

    the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means

Wiktionary

  1. divination(Noun)

    The act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling of future events.

  2. divination(Noun)

    The pretended art of discovering secrets or the future by preternatural means.

  3. divination(Noun)

    An indication of what is future or secret; augury omen; conjectural presage; prediction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Divination(noun)

    the act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling of future events; the pretended art discovering secret or future by preternatural means

  2. Divination(noun)

    an indication of what is future or secret; augury omen; conjectural presage; prediction

Freebase

  1. Divination

    Divination is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual. Used in various forms throughout history, diviners ascertain their interpretations of how a querent should proceed by reading signs, events, or omens, or through alleged contact with a supernatural agency. Divination can be seen as a systematic method with which to organize what appear to be disjointed, random facets of existence such that they provide insight into a problem at hand. If a distinction is to be made between divination and fortune-telling, divination has a more formal or ritualistic element and often contains a more social character, usually in a religious context, as seen in traditional African medicine. Fortune-telling, on the other hand, is a more everyday practice for personal purposes. Particular divination methods vary by culture and religion. Divination is often dismissed by sceptics, including the scientific community, as being mere superstition. In the 2nd century, Lucian devoted a witty essay to the career of a charlatan, "Alexander the false prophet," trained by "one of those who advertise enchantments, miraculous incantations, charms for your love-affairs, visitations for your enemies, disclosures of buried treasure, and successions to estates", even though most Romans believed in prophetic dreams and charms.


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