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Meaning of SIBYLLINE

Pronunciation:  'sibu`leen

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  having a secret or hidden meaning; "cabalistic symbols engraved in stone"; "cryptic writings"; "thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"- John Gunther
  2. [adj]  resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy; "the high priest's divinatory pronouncement"; "mantic powers"; "a kind of sibylline book with ready and infallible answers to questions"
 

SIBYLLINE is a 9 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: cabalistic, cryptic, cryptical, divinatory, esoteric, mantic, prophetic, prophetical, sibyllic, vatic, vatical
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sib"yl*line\, a. [L. sibyllinus.]
Pertaining to the sibyls; uttered, written, or composed by
sibyls; like the productions of sibyls.

{Sibylline books}.
(a) (Rom. Antiq.) 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.
(b) 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.

 

 

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