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From (the stem of) Latin ariolari, hariolari, from hariolus (soothsayer) +‎ -ation.


ariolation (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Soothsaying; prophecy.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, I.3:
      Thus the Priests of Elder time, have put upon them many incredible conceits, [] deluding their apprehensions with Ariolation, South saying, and such oblick Idolatries []
    • 1685, Francis Rous, Seven Books of the Attick Antiquities, page 323:
      [] belongs to the technical part of divination, and may be reckoned for an Art, as well as any other sort of Ariolation.
    • 1842, The Colonial Magazine and Commercial-maritime Journal[1], page 60:
      The foolish system of ariolation is much practised by the primitive Papuas, previously to entering into any undertaking.