Definition of soothsayer in English:



  • A person supposed to be able to foresee the future.

    • ‘That's better left to soothsayers and their modern equivalent, the legions of ‘political analysts’ of the 24-hour news cycle.’
    • ‘They recall the prophesy that a soothsayer named Calchas had once made about the future.’
    • ‘After the birth, soothsayers were consulted to speak about the child's future and offerings were made to the ancestors.’
    • ‘Pundits, bookmakers, soothsayers and prophets of doom were duly confounded.’
    • ‘They ask soothsayers and diviners to find out the cause of problems and to suggest remedies.’
    • ‘Only a soothsayer might predict the course of future budgets and funding patterns.’
    • ‘It does seem incredible to me that having emerged from the sixteenth century to a modern world of science, that there is an urge among some in the population to return to soothsayers, crystal-ball gazers and quacks of all descriptions.’
    • ‘Economists, businessmen and soothsayers responded and the news wires, television channels, newspapers and radio waves were filled with predictions and projections, mostly bad and gloomy.’
    • ‘But fund managers and portfolio managers are not seers or soothsayers.’
    • ‘Then he calls his soothsayers, but the wise men only shake their heads.’
    • ‘His clipped prophecy held the authority of a soothsayer.’
    • ‘When the college was first set up, however, disease and accident were believed to be the will of God, and qualified doctors found themselves competing against quack physicians, soothsayers and herbalists.’
    • ‘I want to ask you a very simple question: unless you are a soothsayer or a clairvoyant how did you work out the result of that vote, given that only one person said no and no one said yes?’
    • ‘A new breed of soothsayers has already been prophesying the virtual demise of the Indian manufacturing industry.’
    • ‘Closer inspection reveals the soothsayer had made a typically vague prophecy that a ‘very large robbery’ would take place across the water.’
    • ‘In addition, shamans and soothsayers deal with the supernatural and the spirit world.’
    • ‘Hector, being taken ill, consulted on his case some of the witches or soothsayers, to whom this family appears to have been partial.’
    • ‘In the room next door, a soothsayer was telling people's fortunes - and it's safe to assume the future she's prophesying for her country is not a happy one.’
    • ‘Do you really think that while they're arresting heretics is the best time to be having trade with fortune tellers and soothsayers?’
    • ‘I have always been careful to say that I'm not a soothsayer, I can't tell into the future what will happen.’


Middle English (in the sense person who speaks the truth): see sooth.