soothsayer

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From Middle English sothsaier, zothziggere, by surface analysis, sooth (truth) +‎ sayer.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsuːθˌseɪə(ɹ)/

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soothsayer (plural soothsayers)

  1. One who predicts the future, using magic, intuition or intelligence; a diviner.
    • 1988, Shoshana Zuboff, In the Age of the Smart Machine, New York: Basic Books, page 7:
      The past twenty years have seen their share of soothsayers ready to predict with conviction one extreme or another of the alternative futures I have presented.
  2. A mantis or rearhorse.
  3. (obsolete) One who tells the truth; a truthful person.

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