starmonger

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

star +‎ monger

Noun[edit]

starmonger (plural starmongers)

  1. (derogatory) A fortuneteller; an astrologer.
    "Here, five Foot deep, lies on his Back, / A Cobler, Starmonger, and Quack; / Who to the Stars in pure Good-will, / Does to his best look upward still. / Weep all you Customers that use / His Pills, his Almanacks, or Shoes; / And you that did your Fortunes seek, / Step to his Grave but once a Week: / This Earth which bears his Body's Print, / You'll find has so much Vertue in't, / That I durst pawn my Ears 'twill tell / Whate'er concerns you full as well, / In Physick, Stolen Goods, or Love, / As he himself could, when above." -- Jonathan Swift, "An Epitaph on Partridge" in The Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers.

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