Definition of Sibyl

1. Noun. A woman who tells fortunes.

Generic synonyms: Fortune Teller, Fortuneteller
Derivative terms: Sibyllic



2. Noun. (ancient Rome) a woman who was regarded as an oracle or prophet.
Geographical relationships: Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic, Capital Of Italy, Eternal City, Italian Capital, Roma, Rome
Generic synonyms: Oracle, Prophesier, Prophet, Seer, Vaticinator
Category relationships: Antiquity
Derivative terms: Sibyllic

Definition of Sibyl

1. n. A woman supposed to be endowed with a spirit of prophecy.

Definition of Sibyl

1. Proper noun. (Ancient Greek female given name). ¹

2. Noun. A pagan female oracle or prophetess, especially the Cumaean sibyl. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sibyl

1. a female prophet [n -S] : SIBYLIC, SIBYLLIC [adj] - See also: prophet

Medical Definition of Sibyl

1. 1. A woman supposed to be endowed with a spirit of prophecy. The number of the sibyls is variously stated by different authors; but the opinion of Varro, that there were ten, is generally adopted. They dwelt in various parts of Persia, Greece, and Italy. 2. A female fortune teller; a pythoness; a prophetess. "An old highland sibyl." Origin: L. Sibylla, Gr. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sibyl

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siblinglike
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siboglinids
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sibred
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sibutramine
sibyl (current term)
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sicca syndrome
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siccation

Literary usage of Sibyl

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1. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"10- (1) The Lib'yan sibyl : " The day shall come when men shall see the King of all living things." i'mi/lini, a lighted taper. ..."

2. Godey's Magazine by Louis Antoine Godey, Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1895)
"[As Dudley goes out sibyl dips in on the other side of portière. Howard. ... I have been tried, sentenced, and imprisoned until 4 AM sibyl. ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"The grotto of the sibyl mentioned by Pausanias was rediscovered in 1891, in which an inscription dealing with the sibyl tells of her wonderful birth, ..."

4. Dictionary of the Apostolic Church by James Hastings, John Alexander Selbie, John Chisholm Lambert (1918)
"This Christian author also shares the view of Pausanias (see above) about the parentage of the sibyl ; but for our immediate purpose it is more relevant to ..."

5. Woman's Record: Or, Sketches of All Distinguished Women, from "the Beginning by Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1853)
"sibyl, or SYBIL, Is the name by which several prophetic women were designated, who all belonged to the mythical ages of ancient history. ..."

6. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by James George Frazer (1900)
"The wizened remains of the deathless sibyl are said to have been preserved in a jar or urn which hung in a temple of Apollo at Cumae ; and when a group of ..."

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