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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"
References in classic literature ?
replied Madame, laughing, "permit me to tell you that your divinatory science is at fault for once.
Like the face, the handprint can also be magical and lyrical as "loops dip into the mystery of indigo pools", as in the hand of Fatima, the auspicious eye, as the divinatory magic of palmistry.
He reached a high rank in Japan and the names of four of his Japanese pupils are known, so he was evidently a person of some learning and personal significance, but he is also said to have brought with him "in tribute" books on calendrical science, astronomy, geography, and divinatory and magical practices.
This herb has hallucinogenic effects and is used in certain regions of Mexico for healing and divinatory rituals.
Ayahuasca is a brew made from the banisteriopsis caapi vine, known for its divinatory, hallucinogenic effects and is traditionally consumed by Amazonian Peruvians.
Later in the same essay the poet-philosopher--himself credited with prodigious magical, curative and divinatory powers--employs the stunning image of a lotus, whose sympathy for the sun causes it to, as it were, open its mouth and sing the sun's praises as it follows that orb through the sky (103).
He jokes that instead of paying the 400 or 500 peso-fee to be given a Nahua name based on the tonalamatl, the Aztec divinatory calendar or almanac, "sinceramente prefiero comprar un libro.
The interpretation may also follow a specific formula, often taking the form of questions asked of supernatural beings and the outcome of the divinatory procedures understood as answers (such as "yes" and "no") to these questions.
What's more the latter are not passive givens but are also empowered and localised by being merged with local divinatory practices such as the customary power of dreams to disclose truths.
These are "curing and divinatory activities" such as solitude, fasting, and endurance of pain found in the later, more evolved settled Pueblo culture.
Word of Joseph Elkington's divinatory powers over water quickly spread, and he was soon in demand, not only from local farmers knee-deep in mud, but "from the gentry too, as they sought to redevelop their estates.
This subjective inhabiting of the author's point of view is related to what Schleiermacher describes as "divination": "The divinatory method is the one in which one, so to speak, transforms oneself into the other person and tries to understand the individual element directly" (Hermeneutics, p.