Definition of divination in English:



  • [mass noun] The practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means.

    ‘the Celtic art of divination’
    [count noun] ‘the mediums are hired to perform divinations’
    • ‘This conference aims to explore the nature of divination in relation to sacred knowledge and ritual practice.’
    • ‘Do you include any form of divination in your daily practices?’
    • ‘True, the essay is about divination practices, but the subject of the book is art.’
    • ‘I will get more in depth with what each divination is and how to use it, as follows.’
    • ‘In terms of divination could it be that one is simply seeing the most probable of the outcomes?’
    • ‘It is also used as a type of divination and has been used in conjunction with astrology.’
    • ‘Because the summertime is grand, I had the occasion to perform some situationalist divination into The Moon.’
    • ‘Yet their principal gifts are those of the spirit, which include divination and clairvoyance.’
    • ‘All such forms of divination seem to be based on sympathetic magic and cold reading.’
    • ‘Is this because many astrologers are still acting as if they are involved in an exercise in divination?’
    • ‘They are far simpler than tarot but have great power in both divination and practical magick.’
    • ‘He then took a step which is far more like an act of divination than science.’
    • ‘Another traditional use for key divination was to discover the sex of an expected child.’
    • ‘However, I often get the feeling when I've done some sort of divination that now the future is set, and that's the way it is.’
    • ‘So what is the problem with divination and acting on the information it gives?’
    • ‘It was her involvement in astronomy and astrology that purportedly aligned her with black magic and divination.’
    • ‘In my view the question of time is central to the practice of divination.’
    • ‘In this area of the world, being narrowly missed by a lightning bolt gives one the ability to perform divination.’
    • ‘The art of divination is important in our everyday life whether we recognize it or not.’
    • ‘There are many ways of performing divination related to the practice of various deities.’
    fortune telling, divining, foretelling the future, forecasting the future, prophecy, prediction, soothsaying, augury
    clairvoyance, second sight
    magic, sorcery, witchcraft, spellworking
    vaticination, sortilege, auspication, witchery
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Late Middle English: from Latin divinatio(n-), from divinare predict (see divine).