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sooth·say·er

 (so͞oth′sā′ər)
n.
One who claims to be able to foretell events or predict the future; a seer.
Word History: The truth is not always soothing, but our verb soothe is related to soothsayer, the word for one who tells the truth, especially beforehand. The archaic adjective and noun sooth, "true, truth," comes from the Old English adjective and noun sōth with the same meanings. The Old English form derives from Germanic *santh-az, "true," which comes from Indo-European *sont-, one of the participles from the Indo-European root -es-, "to be": the truth is that which is. Old English also formed a verb from sōth, namely sōthian, "to confirm to be true." This is the ancestor of soothe; its meaning changed from "to concur to be true, say 'yes' to" to "humor by concurring, placate." Doing the latter on occasion requires something less than the truth.
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soothsayer

(ˈsuːθˌseɪə)
n
(Alternative Belief Systems) a seer or prophet
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sooth•say•er

(ˈsuθˌseɪ ər)

n.
a person who foretells events.
[1300–50]
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sooth, soothsayer, soothe - Sooth, "true, truth," or "that which is," is part of soothsayer; it is related to soothe, which once meant "assent to be true; say yes to," or "to prove or show a fact to be true."
See also related terms for prove.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.soothsayer - someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)soothsayer - someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
astrologer, astrologist - someone who predicts the future by the positions of the planets and sun and Moon
fortune teller, fortuneteller - a person who foretells your personal future
illusionist, seer, visionary - a person with unusual powers of foresight
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soothsayer

noun prophet, diviner, oracle, fortune-teller, forecaster, Cassandra, seer, clairvoyant, augur, sibyl, prognosticator, prophesier You don't have to be a soothsayer to predict his likely tactics.
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soothsayer

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

soothsayer

[ˈsuːθˌseɪəʳ] Nadivino/a m/f
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soothsayer

n (old)Wahrsager(in) m(f)
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References in classic literature ?
The sea was dark blue, covered with ships full of white sails; and in the barn old women, maidens, and children were sitting picking hops into a large cask; the young sang songs, but the old told fairy tales of mountain-sprites and soothsayers. Nothing could be more charming.
"Lo, I have seen many wonderful soothsayers and prophets and magicians in my life days, but none be- fore that could sit idle and see to the heart of things with never an incantation to help."
Thus did Zarathustra hear a soothsayer speak; and the foreboding touched his heart and transformed him.
The soothsayer, however, shall eat and drink at my side: and verily, I will yet show him a sea in which he can drown himself!"--
Philip of Macedon dreamed, he sealed up bis wife's belly; whereby he did expound it, that his wife should be barren; but Aristander the soothsayer, told him his wife was with child, because men do not use to seal vessels, that are empty.
And Dominic Cervoni takes his place in my memory by the side of the legendary wanderer on the sea of marvels and terrors, by the side of the fatal and impious adventurer, to whom the evoked shade of the soothsayer predicted a journey inland with an oar on his shoulder, till he met men who had never set eyes on ships and oars.
After this the miller saw the skin in which the raven was, lying on the ground, and asked: 'What have you there?' The peasant answered: 'I have a soothsayer inside it.' 'Can he foretell anything to me?' said the miller.
My mother does indeed sometimes send for a soothsayer and question him, but I give his prophecyings no heed.
Annus horribilis Nostradamus' status as king of the soothsayers won't be under threat from the folk who came up with the 2019 Hibs calendar.
THE BBC chief (project fear) soothsayers, Roger Harrabin and David Shukman, jet around the world to bring back scare stories that if we did the same the world will come to an end - as its temperature would increase by 2 degrees C over the next 20 years.
Summary: As this week's chaotic and unruly protests jolted the security and stability of Lebanon and threatened the fragile peace, it quickly became clear that we were in need of a dedicated firefighter who by fighting the blaze would also stomp on all troublemakers, warmongers, naysayers, soothsayers, shysters and opportunists who rear their heads.
But as we know all too well, soothsayers often get it terribly wrong.