One who claims to be able to foretell events or predict the future; a seer.Word History:
The truth is not always soothing, but our verb soothe
is related to soothsayer,
the word for one who tells the truth, especially beforehand. The archaic adjective and noun sooth,
“true, truth,” comes from the Old English adjective and noun sōth
with the same meanings. The Old English form derives from Germanic *santh-az,
“true,” which comes from Indo-European *sont-,
one of the participles from the Indo-European root -es-,
“to be”: the truth is that which is. Old English also formed a verb from sōth,
“to confirm to be true.” This is the ancestor of soothe;
its meaning changed from “to concur to be true, say 'yes' to” to “humor by concurring, placate.” Doing the latter on occasion requires something less than the truth.
- One who predicts the future, using magic, intuition or intelligence; a diviner.
- A mantis or rearhorse.
From Middle English sothsaier, zothziggere, equivalent to sooth +"Ž sayer.