fortune telling

Definitions of fortune telling
  1. noun
    the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
    synonyms: divination, foretelling, soothsaying
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    arithmancy
    divination by means of numbers
    dowse, dowsing, rhabdomancy
    searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
    geomancy
    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)
    hydromancy
    divination by water (as by patterns seen in the ebb and flow of the tides)
    lithomancy
    divination by means of stones or stone talismans
    necromancy
    conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
    oneiromancy
    divination through the interpretation of dreams
    onomancy
    divination by the letters of a name
    chirology, chiromancy, palm reading, palmistry
    telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand
    pyromancy
    divination by fire or flames
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    prognostication, prophecy, vaticination
    knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)
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