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aeromancy divination by means of the weather.
aruspex (Lat.) a person who inspected the entrails of sacrificial victims in order to foretell the future.
augur to foretell from omens.
augural of or pertaining to augurs or augury.
augurer (Shakesp.) an augur.
augurship the office, or period of office, of an augur.
augury divination using bird's flight.
auspex (Lat.) a soothsayer of ancient Rome.
auspicate to prognosticate, predict.
auspice an omen, esp a good one.
axinomancy divination using an axe or hatchet.
belomancy divination by means of arrows.
bibliomancy divination by interpreting a passage picked at random from a book, esp from a religious book such as the Bible.
botanomancy divination using burning branches or plants.
capnomancy divination by means of smoke.
cartomancy divination by the use of playing cards.
cavel (Scots) a piece of wood used in casting lots.
ceromancy divination by means of wax drippings.
cheiromancer one who claims to divine by means of palmistry.
cheiromancy divination by means of palmistry.
chirognomy palmistry.
chiromancer a palm-reader.
chiromancy divination by means of palmistry.
chiromantic relating to chiromancy.
chiromantical relating to chiromancy.
cleromancy divination using dice.
coscinomancy divination using a sieve and a pair of shears.
crithomancy divination by strewing meal over sacrificial animals.
crystallomancy divination by means of clear objects.
dactyliomancy divination by means of a finger.
divination the art or practice of divining.
divinator (Arch.) one who practices or pretends to divination.
divinatory professing, or relating to, divination.
divine pertaining to or characteristic of a god (noun ) a clergyman; (verb) to foretell by occult means
diviner one that divines.
divineress a woman who divines.
dolos (S. Afr.) the knucklebone of a sheep used by diviners.
fatidic of or relating to prophesy.
fatidical of or relating to prophesy.
fatidically (Adv.) FATIDICAL, of or relating to prophesy.
foregleam a glimpse into the future.
foreread to foretell.
foresay to foretell.
foreseer one who foresees.
foresight the act or power of foreseeing.
foresighted having foresight.
foresightedly (Adv.) FORESIGHTED, having foresight.
foretell to tell of or about in advance.
gastromancy divination by sounds from the belly.
geomancer one who practises geomancy.
geomancy divination by shapes formed, eg when earth is thrown down onto a surface.
geomant one who practises geomancy.
geomantic relating to geomancy, divination by casting earth onto a surface.
gyromancy divination by walking in a circle until dizzy; the fortune is determined by where the person falls.
hariolate to prophesy, soothsay.
haruspex (Lat.) a person who inspected the entrails of sacrificial victims in order to foretell the future.
haruspical relating to haruspication, divination by the liver.
haruspicate to foretell by inspection of animals' entrails.
haruspication divination by inspecting animal entrails.
haruspicy divination by inspection of the entrails of sacrificed animals.
hepatoscopy divination by examining animal livers.
hieromancy divination by studying objects offered in sacrifice.
hieroscopy divination using entrails.
horoscope a map of the heavens at the hour or on the day of a person's birth, by which an astrologer predicts the events of a person's life.
horoscopic relating to a horoscope.
horoscopist one who casts horoscopes, an astrologer.
horoscopy the art or practice of casting horoscopes.
hydromancer one who practises hydromancy.
hydromancy divination by the appearance or motion of liquids (as water).
hydromantic related to hydromancy, divination by water.
hyleg the ruling planet at the time of one's birth.
kevel (Scots) a piece of wood used in casting lots.
kevil (Scots) a piece of wood used in casting lots.
lampadomancy divination using the flame of a torch.
lithomancy divination by stones or meteorites.
mantic (Greek) of or relating to the faculty of divination, prophetic.
mantically (Adv.) MANTIC, of or relating to the faculty of divination.
metoposcopic relating to metoposcopy, the art of judging a person's character and fortune from his face.
metoposcopical relating to metoposcopy, the art of judging a person's character and fortune from his face.
metoposcopist one who practises metoposcopy, the art of judging a person's character and fortune from his face, principally his forehead.
metoposcopy the art of judging a person's character and fortune from his face, principally his forehead.
myomancy divination from the movements of mice.
myomantic relating to myomancy, divination from the movements of mice.
necromancer one who practises necromancy.
necromancy divination by trying to communicate with the spirits of the dead.
necromantic relating to necromancy, divination by trying to communicate with the spirits of the dead.
necromantical relating to necromancy, divination by trying to communicate with the spirits of the dead.
necromantically (Adv.) NECROMANTICAL, relating to necromancy, divination by trying to communicate with the spirits of the dead.
nigromancy divination using black magic or the dead.
oenomancy divination by studying the appearance of wine.
omoplatoscopy divination by observing the cracks in a burning shoulder-blade.
omphalomancy predicting the number of children a mother will bear by counting the knots in her firstborn's umbilical cord.
oneiromancer one who practises oneiromancy, divination by dreams.
oneiromancy the practice of predicting the future by interpreting dreams.
onychomancy divination by studying the fingernails.
ornithomancy divination by observing flight of birds.
ornithomantic relating to ornithomancy, divination by observing flight of birds.
palmistry foretelling a person's future from the lines on their palms.
presager one who, or that which, presages.
prognosticate to foretell from signs or symptoms.
prognosticative of the nature of prognostication.
prophet one who predicts.
pyromancer one who engages in pyromancy, divination by the use of fire.
pyromancy divination by the use of fire.
pyromantic of or pertaining to pyromancy.
rhabdomancer one who practises rhabdomancy.
rhabdomancy divination by wands or rods.
rhabdomantist one who practices divination by means of a rod to locate underground water; a dowser.
scapulimancy divination involving a shoulder blade which has been charred or cracked from a fire.
scapulimantic related to scapulimancy, divination involving a shoulder blade which has been charred or cracked from a fire.
scapulomancy divination involving a shoulder blade which has been charred or cracked from a fire.
scapulomantic related to scapulomancy, divination involving a shoulder blade which has been charred or cracked from a fire.
sciomancer one who practises sciomancy, divination with the help of ghosts.
sciomancy divination with the help of ghosts.
sciomantic relating to sciomancy, divination with the help of ghosts.
scry to see the future eg via a crystal ball.
scryer one who scries in a crystal ball.
seeress a female seer.
sibyl (Greek) any of various women in classical antiquity supposed to utter the oracles and prophecies of a god.
sibylic of or like a sibyl.
sibyllic of or like a sibyl.
sibylline of or like a sibyl.
significator in astrology, a planet ruling a house.
significatory of or relating to a significator, in astrology, a planet ruling a house.
skry to see the future eg via a crystal ball.
skryer one who scries in a crystal ball.
soothsay to foretell, to divine.
soothsayer a person who predicts the future by magical, intuitive, or more rational means.
sortes (Lat.) divination by chance opening of the Bible, Homer, Virgil etc.
sortilege divination by drawing lots.
sortileger one who divines by sortilege.
sortilegy divination by drawing lots.
southsay to foretell, to divine.
spa a resort with a mineral spring; (verb) to stay at a spa.
spae (ON) to foretell; to divine.
spaer (Scots) one who foresees the future.
spaewife (Scots) a wise woman.
spodomancy divination by means of ashes.
spodomantic relating to spodomancy, divination by means of ashes.
sybil (Greek) any of various women in classical antiquity supposed to utter the oracles and prophecies of a god.
taghairm (Gaelic) inspiration sought by lying in a bullock's hide behind a waterfall.
taroc a pack of cards used in fortune-telling.
tarok a pack of cards used in fortune-telling.
tarot a pack of cards used in fortune-telling.
tephromancy divination by ashes.
theomancy divination by means of oracles.
theomantic relating to theomancy, divination by means of oracles.
vatic prophetic, oracular.
vatical prophetic, oracular.
vaticinal of or pertaining to prophecy.
vaticinate to prophesy, predict.
vaticination prophecy.
voluspa (ON) in Scott, a sibyl or prophetess, from a misunderstanding of ON Voluspa, the Eddic poem.
zodiacal pertaining to the zodiac.
zoomancy (Greek) divination by observing animals.
zoomantic relating to zoomancy, divination by observing animals.