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Definition of Divination

(noun) The art and practice of using supernatural power to foresee the future or answer a question.

Example of Divination

  • Scrying, looking into something such as a crystal ball to aid in divination.

Divination Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: div·i·na·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /div-uh-nAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /div-i-nAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌdɪvəˈneɪʃən/
  • British English – /dɪvɪˈneɪʃən/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: divinations
  • A (noun) diviner (verb) divines the future and provides (adjective) divinatory information.

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Works Consulted

Collins English Dictionary: Complete and Unabridged. 6th ed. 2003. Glasgow, Scotland: Collins.

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Princeton University. 2010. WordNet. (https://wordnet.princeton.edu/).

Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Divination

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “divination.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/divination/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

divination. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/divination/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “divination.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/divination/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“divination.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 23 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/divination/>.