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or·a·cle

 (ôr′ə-kəl, ŏr′-)
n.
1.
a. A shrine consecrated to the worship and consultation of a prophetic deity, as that of Apollo at Delphi.
b. A person, such as a priestess, through whom a deity is held to respond when consulted.
c. The response given through such a medium, often in the form of an enigmatic statement or allegory.
2.
a. A person considered to be a source of wise counsel or prophetic opinions.
b. An authoritative or wise statement or prediction.
3. A command or revelation from God.
4. In the Bible, the sanctuary of the Temple.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ōrāculum, from ōrāre, to speak.]

oracle

(ˈɒrəkəl)
n
1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a prophecy, often obscure or allegorical, revealed through the medium of a priest or priestess at the shrine of a god
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a shrine at which an oracular god is consulted
3. (Other Non-Christian Religions) an agency through which a prophecy is transmitted
4. any person or thing believed to indicate future action with infallible authority
5. a statement believed to be infallible and authoritative
6. (Bible) Bible
a. a message from God
b. the holy of holies in the Israelite temple
[C14: via Old French from Latin ōrāculum, from ōrāre to request]

or•a•cle

(ˈɔr ə kəl, ˈɒr-)

n.
1. (esp. in the ancient world)
a. a shrine at which inquiries are made of a particular deity through a means of divination.
b. the agency by which the inquiry is answered, as a priest or priestess.
c. the typically terse, ambiguous response of the deity.
2. a person who delivers authoritative and usu. influential pronouncements.
3. any utterance regarded as authoritative, unquestionably wise, or infallible.
4. the holy of holies of the Temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem. I Kings 6:16, 19–23.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Old French < Latin ōrāculum divine utterance <ōrā(re) to supplicate, pray to]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oracle - an authoritative person who divines the futureoracle - an authoritative person who divines the future
augur, auspex - (ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy
diviner - someone who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers
prophetess - a woman prophet
sibyl - (ancient Rome) a woman who was regarded as an oracle or prophet
2.oracle - a prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a priest or priestess; believed to be infallible
divination, prophecy - a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
3.oracle - a shrine where an oracular god is consulted
shrine - a place of worship hallowed by association with some sacred thing or person

oracle

noun
1. prophet, diviner, sage, seer, clairvoyant, augur, soothsayer, sibyl, prophesier Ancient peoples consulted the oracle and the shaman for advice.
2. prophecy, vision, revelation, forecast, prediction, divination, prognostication, augury, divine utterance Aeneas had begged the Sybil to speak her oracle in words.

oracle

noun
Something that is foretold by or as if by supernatural means:
Translations
شَخْص ذو مَعْرِفَهوَحْي، مَهْبِط الوَحْي
orakel
bölcs: nagy bölcsjóshely
véfréttvéfrétt, gáfnaljós
orakulaspranašasžynys
autoritāteorākulszinātājs
veštiareň
bilge kişikehanette bulunulan yer

oracle

[ˈɒrəkl] Noráculo m

oracle

[ˈɒrəkəl] noracle m

oracle

n
Orakel nt; (= person)Seher(in) m(f); (fig)Alleswisser(in) m(f)
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oracle

[ˈɒrəkl] noracolo

oracle

(ˈorəkl) noun
1. a very knowledgeable person. I don't know the answer to this problem, so I'd better go and ask the oracle.
2. in former times, a holy place where a god was believed to give answers to questions. the oracle at Delphi.
References in classic literature ?
the butt of his friends, the chartered oracle of the barrooms, even in whose wretched vanity there was always the haunting suspicion that he was despised and scorned; he, who had dared so much in speech, and achieved so little in fact
In the depths of his own affectionate nature, he felt able to perceive something of the fulness of Divine love; for an old oracle hath thus written,--"He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
But Miss Clarissa giving me a look (just like a sharp canary), as requesting that I would not interrupt the oracle, I begged pardon.
She had no idea what stock she had, or what the price of anything in it was; but there was a little greasy memorandum-book kept in a drawer, which served as a Catalogue of Prices, and by this oracle Biddy arranged all the shop transaction.
But it was quite a mistake," I went on in my character as matrimonial oracle.
Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast Brought Death into the World, and all our woe, With loss of EDEN, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat, Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top Of OREB, or of SINAI, didst inspire That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed, In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth Rose out of CHAOS: Or if SION Hill Delight thee more, and SILOA'S Brook that flow'd Fast by the Oracle of God; I thence Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song, That with no middle flight intends to soar Above th' AONIAN Mount, while it pursues Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime.
Striking, as we did, pretty near north-west across the island, we drew, on the one hand, ever nearer under the shoulders of the Spy-glass, and on the other, looked ever wider over that western bay where I had once tossed and trembled in the oracle.
He called it his oracle, and said, it pointed out the time for every action of his life.
More suspicious is the statement that Socrates received the first impulse to his favourite calling of cross-examining the world from the Oracle of Delphi; for he must already have been famous before Chaerephon went to consult the Oracle (Riddell), and the story is of a kind which is very likely to have been invented.
This language, at the present day, would appear as wild as a great part of what we now hear from the same quarter will be thought, when we shall have received further lessons from that best oracle of wisdom, experience.
The oracle who is always consulted and cited on this subject is the celebrated Montesquieu.
He is evidently the Sir Oracle of them,and I should think must have been in his time a most dictatorial person.