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prophecy

a prediction; the inspired utterance of a prophet: His prophecy was that the world would come to an end soon.
Not to be confused with:
prophesy – to speak as a prophet; to foretell future events: He will prophesy the next world war.
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proph·e·cy

 (prŏf′ĭ-sē)
n. pl. proph·e·cies (-sēz)
1.
a. An inspired utterance of a prophet, viewed as a revelation of divine will.
b. A prediction of the future, made under divine inspiration.
c. Such an inspired message or prediction transmitted orally or in writing.
2. The vocation or condition of a prophet.
3. A prediction.

[Middle English prophecie, from Old French, from Latin prophētīa, from Greek prophēteia, from prophētēs, prophet; see prophet.]
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prophecy

(ˈprɒfɪsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. (Theology)
a. a message of divine truth revealing God's will
b. the act of uttering such a message
2. a prediction or guess
3. (Theology) the function, activity, or charismatic endowment of a prophet or prophets
[C13: ultimately from Greek prophētēs prophet]
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proph•e•cy

(ˈprɒf ə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the foretelling or prediction of what is to come.
2. something that is declared by a prophet, esp. a divinely inspired prediction, instruction, or exhortation.
3. any prediction or forecast.
4. the action, function, or faculty of a prophet.
[1175–1225; Middle English prophecie < Old French < Late Latin prophētīa < Greek prophēteía. See prophet, -y3]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prophecy - knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)prophecy - knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)
prediction, anticipation, prevision - the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
crystal gazing - staring into a crystal ball to arouse visions of future or distant events
fortune telling, soothsaying, foretelling, divination - the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
2.prophecy - a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
forecasting, foretelling, prediction, prognostication - a statement made about the future
oracle - a prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a priest or priestess; believed to be infallible
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prophecy

noun
1. prediction, forecast, revelation, prognosis, foretelling, prognostication, augury, sortilege, vaticination (rare) Nostradamus's prophecy of the end of the world
2. second sight, divination, augury, telling the future, soothsaying a child born with the gift of prophecy
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prophecy

noun
Something that is foretold by or as if by supernatural means:
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Translations
تَكَهُّننُبوءَه
proroctvíprorocký duch
forudsigelseprofetispådom
proročanstvoproroštvo
jóslatprófécia
spáspádómur
pranašautojaspranašavimaspranašiškaipranašiškas
pareģojumspareģošanas spējas
prorocký duchproroctvo
prerokba
gaipten haber vermekehanettahmin

prophecy

[ˈprɒfɪsɪ] Nprofecía f
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prophecy

[ˈprɒfɪsi] nprophétie f
to fulfil a prophecy → réaliser une prophétie
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prophecy

nProphezeiung f; one skilled in the prophecy of the futurejemand, der zukünftige Ereignisse vorhersagen kann or der die Gabe der Prophetie hat
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prophecy

[ˈprɒfɪsɪ] nprofezia
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prophecy

(ˈprofəsi) plural ˈprophecies noun
1. the power of foretelling the future.
2. something that is foretold. He made many prophecies about the future.
ˈprophesy (-sai) verb
to foretell. He prophesied (that there would be) another war.
ˈprophet (-fit) feminine ˈprophetess noun
1. a person who (believes that he) is able to foretell the future.
2. a person who tells people what God wants, intends etc. the prophet Isaiah.
proˈphetic (-ˈfe-) adjective
proˈphetically adverb

prophecy is a noun: Her prophecy (not prophesy) came true.
prophesy is a verb: to prophesy (not prophecy) the future.
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References in classic literature ?
There was also another prophecy, before the year of '88, which I do not well understand.
Pilgrims, always prone to find prophecies in the Bible, and often where none exist, speak cheerfully and complacently of poor, ruined Ephesus as the victim of prophecy. And yet there is no sentence that promises, without due qualification, the destruction of the city.
There are two kinds of prophecy. One is the gift to foretell things that are but a little way off, the other is the gift to foretell things that are whole ages and centuries away.
One of his brother Masons had revealed to Pierre the following prophecy concerning Napoleon, drawn from the Revelation of St.
Lady Janet predicts a social triumph; and my wife's despair--not my wife's conviction--accepts the prophecy. As for me, I am prepared for the result.
Turning his back to his captor, he walked submissively away in the direction indicated, looking to neither the right nor the left; hardly daring to breathe, his head and back actually aching with a prophecy of buckshot.
Yet I have here given Ernest's prophecy because it was his prophecy.
And the Brahmins caused the prophecy to be written over the gates of the shrine in letters of gold.
This terrible event clothed the archangel with added influence; because his credulous disciples believed that he had specifically fore-announced it, instead of only making a general prophecy, which any one might have done, and so have chanced to hit one of many marks in the wide margin allowed.
"I don't say," resumed the guard, "that Coysel is not a sorcerer, but I say that if his prophecy gets wind, it's a sure way to prevent it's coming true."
The prophecy was that I should be dismembered; and--Aye!
Month after month for the six years in which the "Editor's Study" continued in the keeping of its first occupant, its lesson was more or less stormily delivered, to the exclusion, for the greater part, of other prophecy, but it has not been found well to keep the tempestuous manner along with the fulminant matter in this volume.