sibyl


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sib·yl

 (sĭb′əl)
n.
1. One of a number of women regarded as oracles or prophets by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
2. A woman prophet.

[Middle English sibile, from Old French, from Latin Sibylla, from Greek Sibulla.]

sibyl

(ˈsɪbɪl)
n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) (in ancient Greece and Rome) any of a number of women believed to be oracles or prophetesses, one of the most famous being the sibyl of Cumae, who guided Aeneas through the underworld
2. (Alternative Belief Systems) a witch, fortune-teller, or sorceress
[C13: ultimately from Greek Sibulla, of obscure origin]
sibylline sibyllic, sibylic adj

sib•yl

(ˈsɪb əl)

n.
1. any of a group of semilegendary women of the ancient world, who possessed prophetic powers.
2. a female prophet or fortune-teller.
[1250–1300; Middle English Sibil < Medieval Latin Sibilla < Greek Síbylla]

sibyl

Ancient Greece and Rome. a woman with oracular or prophetic powers, the most celebrated being that of Cumae. — sibyllic, — sibylic, sibylline, adj.
See also: Divination
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sibyl - a woman who tells fortunes
fortune teller, fortuneteller - a person who foretells your personal future
2.sibyl - (ancient Rome) a woman who was regarded as an oracle or prophet
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
capital of Italy, Eternal City, Italian capital, Rome, Roma - capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
oracle, prophesier, prophet, vaticinator, seer - an authoritative person who divines the future
antiquity - the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe

sibyl

noun
A person who foretells future events by or as if by supernatural means:
Translations
Sibyla
Sibylle
Sibylla

Sibyl

[ˈsɪbɪl] NSibila

sibyl

[ˈsɪbɪl] Nsibila f

sibyl

n (lit)Sibylle f; (fig)Prophetin f, → Weissagerin f

sibyl

[ˈsɪbɪl] nsibilla
References in classic literature ?
It was like the golden branch that gained AEneas and the Sibyl admittance into Hades.
A negotiation was opened through the medium of the ambassador, Sam; and after much pacing to and fro, till, I think, the said Sam's calves must have ached with the exercise, permission was at last, with great difficulty, extorted from the rigorous Sibyl, for the three to wait upon her in a body.
Hither she had been led by two of her disguised ravishers, and on being thrust into the little cell, she found herself in the presence of an old sibyl, who kept murmuring to herself a Saxon rhyme, as if to beat time to the revolving dance which her spindle was performing upon the floor.
Your voice and the voice of Sibyl Vane are two things that I shall never forget.
And now tell me-- reach me the matches, like a good boy--thanks--what are your actual relations with Sibyl Vane?
I thought you were a lady-abbess five minutes ago, and respected you accordingly; and now I see you are a sort of Swiss sibyl, with high Tory and high Church principles
Poor Jotham, whose life paid the forfeiture of his folly, acknowledged, before he died, that his reasons for believing in a mine were extracted from the lips of a sibyl, who, by looking in a magic glass, was enabled to discover the hidden treasures of the earth.
Let her appear, and speak for herself--the wild and weird grandmother of gentle little Mary; the Sibyl of modern times, known, far and wide, in our part of Suffolk, as Dame Dermody.
The Sibyl laid her dry, fleshless hand on my shoulder, and forced me roughly back into the chair from which I had just risen.
cried Esther, in tones that sounded like the admonitions of some sibyl.
I turn, without shrinking, from cloud-borne angels, from prophets, sibyls, and heroic warriors, to an old woman bending over her flower-pot, or eating her solitary dinner, while the noonday light, softened perhaps by a screen of leaves, falls on her mob-cap, and just touches the rim of her spinning-wheel, and her stone jug, and all those cheap common things which are the precious necessaries of life to her--or I turn to that village wedding, kept between four brown walls, where an awkward bridegroom opens the dance with a high-shouldered, broad-faced bride, while elderly and middle-aged friends look on, with very irregular noses and lips, and probably with quart-pots in their hands, but with an expression of unmistakable contentment and goodwill.
But besides those who make good in our imagination the place of muses and of Delphic Sibyls, are there not women who fill our vase with wine and roses to the brim, so that the wine runs over and fills the house with perfume; who inspire us with courtesy; who unloose our tongues and we speak; who anoint our eyes and we see?