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tr.v. proph·e·sized, proph·e·siz·ing, proph·e·siz·es Usage Problem
To make a prophecy; prophesy.
Usage Note: Perhaps owing to the longstanding confusion between the noun prophecy and the verb prophesy, there is a tendency to differentiate the verb by substituting prophesize. This follows the pattern whereby verbs are created by adding the suffix -ize to nouns (as in hybridize, meaning "to make something a hybrid") and adjectives (as in finalize, meaning "to make something final"). Although the spelling prophesize has long been considered an error, it is becoming more common. In our 2011 survey, 40 percent of the Usage Panel found the sentence The three witches prophesize that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor acceptable.
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He was the last to prophesize the coming of Jesus Christ - and the one to baptize the young Jesus in the river Jordan.
For a time, only that passage, appearing to prophesize his death, could be found.
"The subject matter is interesting, but does it prophesize that this was his way of saying goodbye?
But so much of today's artwork rushes to prophesize an always unknown time to come, relying on tropes of slick object production or digital enhancement to represent the artifice sustaining our visualizations of the day after tomorrow, or else offers prognoses of an inevitable dystopia, leaving the viewer chilled and alienated.
Of course, while Abbas continues to prophesize about some non-existent peace, Israel continues to wreak havoc on Palestinians, using every means of violence at its disposal.
Hold on to your fundamental philosophy as you prophesize about the future of your members' financial institution and its role in the financial services industry as a whole.
Drucker saw this Jewish thinker not as a portent of characteristic features that would shape future political and social reality, but as one who examined the discontinuity facing the present; someone who was not asking the question "What will the future be like?" but rather, "What can we learn about today in order to build the future?" Like Bergson, he preferred to "draw out tendencies rather than to prophesize about what will happen." This was Drucker's approach to the profound cultural changes (discontinuities) that, because often hidden, cannot easily be perceived on the horizon, accustomed as we are to our expectation of continuity.
Recent viewing data shows audiences are falling, leading some analysts and industry execs to prophesize the end of the genre's dominance as competition from the Internet and pay TV lures viewers away.
It is not the job of intellectuals to prophesize or to become consultants of the state, and yet we are failing in our responsibility if we do not occasionally traverse avenues that accentuate the importance of dialogue and engagement, the promises of which are worth the effort.
The black dogs begin to bark, monkeys screech, priests prophesize and a very un-Doubtfire-like nanny, Mrs Baylock (Mia Farrow), shows up to keep an eye on things.Moore doesn't stray widely from the path of the original's narrative and most changes made are welcome.
Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pens
I must admit that in dealing with the future, a most dangerous subject, I have tried to keep in mind the sage counsel I recently stumbled upon in a quote attributed to Josh Billings, who advised: "Don't ever prophesy: for if you prophesize wrong, nobody will forget it; and if you prophesize right, nobody will remember it."