successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck
a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
divination, foretelling, soothsaying, fortune telling(noun)
the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
The act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling of future events.
The pretended art of discovering secrets or the future by preternatural means.
An indication of what is future or secret; augury omen; conjectural presage; prediction.
the act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling of future events; the pretended art discovering secret or future by preternatural means
an indication of what is future or secret; augury omen; conjectural presage; prediction
Origin: [L. divinatio, fr. divinare, divinatum, to foresee, foretell, fr. divinus: cf. F. divination. See Divine.]
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.
The numerical value of divination in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of divination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.
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- врачуване, предсказване, прогноза, гадаенеBulgarian
- věštění, věštbaCzech
- Wahrsagen, WahrsagereiGerman
- προφητεία, μαντεία, μαντικήGreek
- divinidad, adivinación, divinaciónSpanish
- kaivonkatsominen, ennustaminen, ennustus, selvännäkeminenFinnish
- divinazione, oracoloItalian
- et divinationemLatin
- ворожба, предвидение, предсказание, гадание, прорицание, прогнозRussian
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