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1. The art or act of foretelling future events or revealing occult knowledge by means of augury or an alleged supernatural agency.
2. An inspired guess or presentiment.
3. Something that has been divined.

di·vin′a·to′ry (dĭ-vĭn′ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Adj.1.divinatory - resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecydivinatory - resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy; "the high priest's divinatory pronouncement"; "mantic powers"; "a kind of sibylline book with ready and infallible answers to questions"
prophetic, prophetical - foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention; "prophetic writings"; "prophetic powers"; "words that proved prophetic"
2.divinatory - based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence; "theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural"; "the supposed reason for his absence"; "suppositious reconstructions of dead languages"; "hypothetical situation"
theoretic, theoretical - concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science"
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my dear nephew!" replied Madame, laughing, "permit me to tell you that your divinatory science is at fault for once.
Chapter 7 considers whether there is any historical basis to the many charges in Roman texts of human sacrifice, especially children for either divinatory or initiatory purposes.
According to these Tariffs, birds were sometimes used for slm kll-offerings, but were reserved almost exclusively for ssp- and hzt-offerings, which may relate to purification and divinatory practices.
Watching this process, I suddenly felt like a haruspex staring into the ocean's twisted viscera: mesmerised; stupefied; divinatory, and as an eater of fish fully implicated in yet another gesture of the Anthropocene sublime.
He explores the gods and divinatory arts of the legendary Sumerians and the star-wise Babylonians, including the birth of astrology.
Furthermore, there are spontaneously occurring and also induced synchronistic events--the latter occur in divinatory practices such as the I Ching, or in some magical practices.
She is best known for illustrating the Waite-Smith deck of divinatory tarot cards (also called the Rider-Waite or the Rider-Waite-Smith deck) for Arthur Edward Waite.
For instance, the divinatory tray, opqn Ifa, has four major quadrants.
Since many of Lovecraft's stories concern themselves with the revealing or unveiling of realities seemingly hidden underneath the mundane appearances of external reality, and how practitioners of witchcraft, voodoo or other forms of "non-mainstream" spirituality seem to be tuned into these same planes of existence, it is a perfectly legitimate question, among others, to ask how Lovecraft actually portrayed the divinatory arts that such practitioners are often said to employ.
Many divinatory statements were related with fear and anxiety.
In his Conclusion, the author expresses the hope that he has succeeded in having 'contributed to increasing our knowledge and understanding of the artistic and textual aspects of the Malay manuscript tradition, as well as that of the Malay magical and divinatory practices' (p.