Definition of Sibylline

1. Adjective. Resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy. "A kind of sibylline book with ready and infallible answers to questions"

Exact synonyms: Divinatory, Mantic, Sibyllic, Vatic, Vatical
Similar to: Prophetic, Prophetical
Derivative terms: Divine, Sibyl, Sibyl



2. Adjective. Having a secret or hidden meaning. "Thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"
Exact synonyms: Cabalistic, Cryptic, Cryptical, Kabbalistic, Qabalistic
Similar to: Esoteric
Derivative terms: Cabala, Kabbala, Qabala

Definition of Sibylline

1. a. Pertaining to the sibyls; uttered, written, or composed by sibyls; like the productions of sibyls.

Definition of Sibylline

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to a sibyl or female oracle, especially the Cumaean Sibyl and the Sibylline Books. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: by extension) Having oracle-like predicting powers, clairvoyant. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sibylline

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Medical Definition of Sibylline

1. Pertaining to the sibyls; uttered, written, or composed by sibyls; like the productions of sibyls. Sibylline books. Books or documents of prophecies in verse concerning the fate of the Roman empire, said to have been purchased by Tarquin the Proud from a sibyl. Certain Jewish and early Christian writings purporting to have been prophetic and of sibylline origin. They date from 100 b. C. To a. D. 500. Origin: L. Sibyllinus. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sibylline

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siboglinids
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sibred
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sibyl
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sibyllic
sibylline (current term)
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sicca syndrome
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Literary usage of Sibylline

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1. Encyclopædia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1835)
"The Sibyl of Cumae is said to have written, in Greek verses, the collection of prophecies famous under the name of sibylline books, which, according to some ..."

2. New Englander and Yale Review by Edward Royall Tyler, William Lathrop Kingsley, George Park Fisher, Timothy Dwight (1890)
"THE sibylline ORACLES.*—In a brief Introduction, the translator enumerates passages from Justin Martyr, Clemens of Alexandria, Lactantius, and others, ..."

3. The True Intellectual System of the Universe: Wherein All the Reason and by Ralph Cudworth, Thomas Birch (1837)
"Lastly, in that other passage of Cicero's concerning the sibylline oracles ... However, those things in the sibylline verses might have been derived, ..."

4. Judaism at Rome: B. C. 76 to A. D. 140 by Frederic Huidekoper (1876)
"FIRSTLY : Several books of sibylline oracles have come down to us, none of which bear marks, either wholly or in part, of heathen origin. ..."

5. The History of Christianity by Henry Hart Milman (1840)
"The opening of the sibylline books was an event of rare occurrence, ... The fifth and eighth books of the sibylline oracles, are those which most distinctly ..."

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