soothsaw

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sothesawe, sothsaȝe, equivalent to sooth +‎ saw (a saying). Cognate with Icelandic sannsaga (truth-telling, soothsaying). Compare also Middle English sothsawel, sothsaȝel (truth-telling, adj).

Noun[edit]

soothsaw (plural soothsaws)

  1. (obsolete) A true saying; truth.