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sibyl in British

(ˈsɪbɪl
)

noun

1. 

(in ancient Greece and Rome ) any of a number of women believed to be oracles or prophetesses, one of the most famous being the sibyl of Cumae , who guided Aeneas through the underworld
2. 

a witch , fortune-teller , or sorceress

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Derived forms

sibylline (ˈsɪbɪˌlaɪn
, sɪˈbɪlaɪn
)
or sibyllic or sibylic (sɪˈbɪlɪk
)

adjective
Word origin of ‘sibyl’

C13: ultimately from Greek Sibulla, of obscure origin

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Sibyl in American

(ˈsɪbəl
; sibˈəl)

noun

a feminine name: var . Sybil
Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Word origin of ‘sibyl’

L Sibylla: see sibyl

Word Frequency







sibyl in American

(ˈsɪbəl
; sibˈəl)

noun

1. 

any of certain women consulted as prophetesses by the ancient Greeks and Romans
2. 

a fortuneteller

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Word origin of ‘sibyl’

ME sibille < L sibylla < Gr

Synonyms of ‘sibyl’

prophetess, oracle , Cassandra, seer
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sib·yl

 (sĭb′əl)

n.

1. One of a number of women regarded as oracles or prophets by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
2. A woman prophet.

[Middle English sibile, from Old French, from Latin Sibylla, from Greek Sibulla.]

sibyl

(ˈsɪbɪl)

n

1. (Classical Myth & Legend) (in ancient Greece and Rome) any of a number of women believed to be oracles or prophetesses, one of the most famous being the sibyl of Cumae, who guided Aeneas through the underworld
2. (Alternative Belief Systems) a witch, fortune-teller, or sorceress
[C13: ultimately from Greek Sibulla, of obscure origin]
sibylline sibyllic, sibylic adj

sib•yl

(ˈsɪb əl)

n.

1. any of a group of semilegendary women of the ancient world, who possessed prophetic powers.
2. a female prophet or fortune-teller.
[1250–1300; Middle English Sibil < Medieval Latin Sibilla < Greek Síbylla]

sibyl

Ancient Greece and Rome. a woman with oracular or prophetic powers, the most celebrated being that of Cumae. — sibyllic, — sibylic, sibylline, adj.

See also: Divination

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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Noun1.sibyl – a woman who tells fortunes

fortune teller , fortuneteller – a person who foretells your personal future
2.sibyl – (ancient Rome) a woman who was regarded as an oracle or prophet

Ellas , Greece , Hellenic Republic – a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
capital of Italy , Eternal City , Italian capital , Rome , Roma – capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
oracle , prophesier , prophet , vaticinator , seer – an authoritative person who divines the future
antiquity – the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe

sibyl

noun

A person who foretells future events by or as if by supernatural means:

augur , auspex , diviner , foreteller , haruspex , prophesier , prophet , prophetess , seer , soothsayer , vaticinator .
Translations
Sibyla
Sibylle
sibila
sibylle
Sibylla

Sibyl

[ˈsɪbɪl] N Sibila


sibyl

[ˈsɪbɪl] N sibila f

sibyl

n (lit)Sibylle f; (fig) Prophetin f, → Weissagerin f

sibyl

[ˈsɪbɪl] n sibilla

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Your voice and the voice of Sibyl Vane are two things that I shall never forget.
And now tell me– reach me the matches, like a good boy–thanks–what are your actual relations with Sibyl Vane?
He would insist on calling me ‘My Lord,’ so I had to assure Sibyl that I was not anything of the kind.
Upon my word, Dorian, Miss Sibyl knows how to pay compliments.
Well, I can’t help going to see Sibyl play,” he cried, “even if it is only for a single act.
You, who know all the secrets of life, tell me how to charm Sibyl Vane to love me
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Let her appear, and speak for herself–the wild and weird grandmother of gentle little Mary; the Sibyl of modern times, known, far and wide, in our part of Suffolk, as Dame Dermody.
The Sibyl laid her dry, fleshless hand on my shoulder, and forced me roughly back into the chair from which I had just risen.
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The library looked tranquil enough as I entered it, and the Sibyl— if Sibyl she were–was seated snugly enough in an easy-chair at the chimney-corner.

Hither she had been led by two of her disguised ravishers, and on being thrust into the little cell, she found herself in the presence of an old sibyl, who kept murmuring to herself a Saxon rhyme, as if to beat time to the revolving dance which her spindle was performing upon the floor.

It was like the golden branch that gained AEneas and the Sibyl admittance into Hades.

I turn, without shrinking, from cloud-borne angels, from prophets, sibyls, and heroic warriors, to an old woman bending over her flower-pot, or eating her solitary dinner, while the noonday light, softened perhaps by a screen of leaves, falls on her mob-cap, and just touches the rim of her spinning-wheel, and her stone jug, and all those cheap common things which are the precious necessaries of life to her–or I turn to that village wedding, kept between four brown walls, where an awkward bridegroom opens the dance with a high-shouldered, broad-faced bride, while elderly and middle-aged friends look on, with very irregular noses and lips, and probably with quart-pots in their hands, but with an expression of unmistakable contentment and goodwill.

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sibyl

noun ,
often capitalized

sib·​yl


| \ˈsi-bəl

\

Definition of sibyl 

1

: any of several prophetesses usually accepted as 10 in number and credited to widely separate parts of the ancient world (such as Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, and Italy)

2a

: prophetess


b

: fortune-teller






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sibylic


or
sibyllic
\ sə-​ˈbi-​lik

\

adjective

sibylline

\ ˈsi-​bə-​ˌlīn ,

-​ˌlēn
\

adjective

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Ancient writers refer to the existence of various women in such countries as Babylonia, Greece, Italy, and Egypt, through whom the gods regularly spoke. These sibyls were easy to confuse with the oracles, women who were likewise mouthpieces of the gods, at such sites as Apollo’s temple at Delphi. The most famous sibyl was the Sibyl of Cumae in Italy, a withered crone who lived in a cave. Her prophecies were collected into twelve books, three of which survived to be consulted by the Romans in times of national emergencies. She is one of the five sibyls memorably depicted by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

First Known Use of sibyl

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sibyl

Middle English sibile, sybylle, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French sibile, from Latin sibylla, from Greek

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