Definition for DIV-IN-A'TION

DIV-IN-A'TION, n. [L. divinatio, from divino, to foretell, from divinus. See Divine.]

  1. The act of divining; a foretelling future events, or discovering things secret or obscure, by the aid of superior beings, or by other than human means. The ancient heathen philosophers divided divination into two kinds, natural and artificial. Natural divination was supposed be effected by a kind of inspiration or divine afflatus; artificial divination was effected by certain rites, experiments or observations, as by sacrifices, cakes, flour, wine, observation of entrails, flight of birds, lots, verses, omens, position of the stars, &c. – Encyc.
  2. Conjectural presage; prediction. – Shak.

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