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prophecy

noun, proph·e·cy \ˈprä-fə-sē\

Simple Definition of prophecy

  • : a statement that something will happen in the future

  • : the power or ability to know what will happen in the future

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prophecy

plural prophecies also prophesies

  1. 1 :  an inspired utterance of a prophet

  2. 2 :  the function or vocation of a prophet; specifically :  the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose

  3. 3 :  a prediction of something to come

Examples of prophecy in a sentence

  1. The prophecies of the author have all come true.

  2. She has the gift of prophecy.



Variants of prophecy

also prophesy play \ˈprä-fə-sē\

Origin of prophecy

Middle English prophecie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin prophetia, from Greek prophēteia, from prophētēs prophet


First Known Use: 13th century


PROPHECY Defined for Kids

prophecy

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noun proph·e·cy \ˈprä-fə-sē\

Definition of prophecy for Students

plural prophecies

  1. 1 :  something foretold :  prediction

  2. 2 :  the ability to predict what will happen in the future





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