The idea that you can see the future by supernatural means is called divination. When your friend tells your fortune by reading the tea leaves in your cup, she claims to have the power of divination.

The prediction or prophecy itself that's given through the act of fortune telling is also called divination. A psychic's divination that your aunt will soon start a family is much less impressive if your aunt is obviously pregnant. You can also use divination to refer to someone's unusual intuition, like a child who seems to know by divination when someone is feeling sad or upset.

Definitions of divination
  1. noun
    the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
    synonyms: foretelling, fortune telling, soothsaying
    see moresee less
    show 10 types...
    hide 10 types...
    divination by means of numbers
    dowse, dowsing, rhabdomancy
    searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
    divination by means of signs connected with the earth (as points taken at random or the arrangement of particles thrown down at random or from the configuration of a region and its relation to another)
    divination by water (as by patterns seen in the ebb and flow of the tides)
    divination by means of stones or stone talismans
    conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
    divination through the interpretation of dreams
    divination by the letters of a name
    chirology, chiromancy, palm reading, palmistry
    telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand
    divination by fire or flames
    type of:
    prognostication, prophecy, vaticination
    knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)
  2. noun
    a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
    synonyms: prophecy
    see moresee less
    a prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a priest or priestess; believed to be infallible
    type of:
    forecasting, foretelling, prediction, prognostication
    a statement made about the future
  3. noun
    successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck
    see moresee less
    type of:
    conjecture, guess, hypothesis, speculation, supposition, surmisal, surmise
    a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week