2. To the Future


[Nouns] prediction, announcement; program, programme (plan) [more]; premonition (warning) [more]; prognosis, prophecy, vaticination, mantology, prognostication, premonstration; augury, auguration; ahariolation, hariolation; foreboding, aboding; bodement, abodement; omniation, omniousness; auspices, forecast; omen [more]; horoscope, nativity; sooth, soothsaying; fortunetelling; divination; necromancy [more].

[Divination by the stars] astrology, horoscopy, judicial astrology.

[Place of prediction] adytum.

prefiguration, prefigurement; prototype, type.

[Verbs] predict, prognosticate, prophesy, vaticinate, divine, foretell, soothsay, augurate, tell fortunes; cast a horoscoppe, cast a nativity; advise; forewarn [more].

presage, augur, bode; abode, forebode; foretoken, betoken; prefigure, preshow; portend; foreshow, foreshadow; shadow forth, typify, pretypify, ominate, signify, point to.

usher in, herald, premise, announce; lower.

hold out expectation, raise expectation, excite expectation, excite hope; bid fair, promise, lead one to expect; be the precursor [more].

[Adjectives] predicting; predictive, prophetic; fatidic, fatidical; vaticinal, oracular, fatiloquent, harupsical, Sibylline; weatherwise.

ominous, portentous, augurous, agurial, agural; auspicial, auspicious; prescious, monitory, extispicious, premonitory, significant of, pregnant with, bit with the fate of.

[Phrases] "coming events cast their shadows before" [Campbell]; dicamus bona verba; "there buds the promise of celestial worth" [Young].

The following terms, expressive of different forms of divination, have been collected from various sources, and are here given as a curious illustration of bygone superstitions:

Divination by oracles, Theomancy; by the Bible, Biliomancy; by ghosts, Psychomancy; by crystal gazing, Crystallomancy; by shadows or manes, Sciomancy; by appearances in the air, Aeromancy, Chaomancy; by the stars at birth, Genethliacs; by meteors, Meteoromancy; by winds, Austromancy; by sacrificial appearances, Aruspicy (or Haruspicy), Hieromancy, Hieroscopy; by the entrails of animals sacrificed, Extispicy, Hieromancy; by the entrails of a human sacrifice, Anthropomancy; by the entrails of fishes, Ichthyomancy; by sacrificial fire, Pyromancy; by red-hot iron, Sideromancy; by smoke from the altar, Capnomancy; by mice, Myomancy; by birds, Orniscopy, Ornithomancy; by a cock picking up grains, Alectryomancy (or Alectoromancy); by fishes, Ophiomancy; by herbs, Botanomancy; by water, Hydromancy; by fountains, Pegomancy; by a wand, Rhabdomancy; by dough of cakes, Crithomancy; by meal, Aleuromancy, Alphitomancy; by salt, Halomancy; by dice, Cleromancy; by arrows, Belomancy; by a balanced hatchet, Axinomancy; by a balanced sieve, Coscinomancy; by a suspended ring, Dactyliomancy; by dots made at random on paper, Geomancy; by precious stones, Lithomancy; by pebbles, Pessomancy; by pebbles drawn from a heap, Psephomancy; by mirrors, Catoptromancy; by writings in ashes, Tephramancy; by dreams, Oneiromancy; by the hand, Palmistry, Chiromancy; by nails reflecting the sun's rays, Onychomancy; by finger rings, Dactylomancy; by numbers, Arithmancy; by drawing lots, Sortilege; by passages in books, Stichomancy; by the letters forming the name of the person, Onomancy, Nomancy; by the features, Anthroposcopy; by the mode of laughing, Geloscopy; by ventriloquism, Gastromancy; by walking in a circle, Gyromancy; by dropping melted wax into water, Ceromancy; by currents, Bletonism; by the color and peculiarities of wine, Oenomancy.

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