Div`i*na"tion (?), n. [L. divinatio, fr. divinare, divinatum, to foresee, foretell, fr. divinus: cf. F. divination. See Divine.]
The act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling of future events; the pretended art discovering secret or future by preternatural means.
There shall not be found among you any one that . . . useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter.
Deut. xviii. 10.
⇒ Among the ancient heathen philosophers natural divination was supposed to be effected by a divine afflatus; artificial divination by certain rites, omens, or appearances, as the flight of birds, entrails of animals, etc.
An indication of what is future or secret; augury omen; conjectural presage; prediction.
Birds which do give a happy divination of things to come.
Sir T. North.
© Webster 1913.