A soothsayer is someone who can foretell the future. If the convincing soothsayer at the state fair tells you you'll soon meet someone tall, dark, and handsome, you'll probably keep your eye out for someone who fits that description.

A fortune teller is also known as a soothsayer, or someone who claims to be able to predict the future. Long ago, a soothsayer might have been considered a useful consultant, even for a government, but today soothsayers are more likely to be scoffed at. Still, there are many soothsayers who have successful businesses telling people's fortunes and giving advice. Soothsayer comes from the Old English word for "truth," combined with "say," together meaning "an act of speaking the truth."

Definitions of soothsayer

n someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)

forecaster, predictor, prognosticator
Michel de Notredame
French astrologer who wrote cryptic predictions whose interpretations are still being debated (1503-1566)
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astrologer, astrologist
someone who predicts the future by the positions of the planets and sun and Moon
fortune teller, fortuneteller
a person who foretells your personal future
chiromancer, palmist, palmister
fortuneteller who predicts your future by the lines on your palms
a woman who tells fortunes
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illusionist, seer, visionary
a person with unusual powers of foresight

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