Definition of crystal-gazing in US English:



  • 1Looking intently into a crystal ball with the aim of seeing images relating to future or distant events.

    • ‘Along with charms and talismans, crystal-gazing and the invocation of spirits, he dismissed astrological prophecy and mystical revelation as ‘cheats and shifts to gull the sillier sort of people.’’
    • ‘It might sound like the sort of question best left to crystal-gazing new agers, but there is growing evidence that the weird movies that play in our heads every night actually mean something.’
    • ‘It can involve elaborate rituals for cleaning the ball and for conducting the crystal-gazing sessions.’
    foretelling the future, forecasting the future, fortune telling, prediction, second sight, clairvoyance, prognostication, divination, soothsaying
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    1. 1.1 Attempting to forecast the future.
      • ‘Historians don't do crystal-gazing.’