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prophesy

verb proph·e·sy \ˈprä-fə-ˌsī\

: to state that something will happen in the future

proph·e·siedproph·e·sy·ing

Full Definition of PROPHESY

transitive verb
1
:  to utter by or as if by divine inspiration
2
:  to predict with assurance or on the basis of mystic knowledge
3
:  prefigure
intransitive verb
1
:  to speak as if divinely inspired
2
:  to give instruction in religious matters :  preach
3
:  to make a prediction
proph·e·si·er \-ˌsī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of PROPHESY

  1. The book claims that modern events were prophesied in ancient times.
  2. <holy men were prophesying the coming of a new messiah>

Origin of PROPHESY

Middle English prophesien, from Anglo-French *prophecier, from Old French, from prophecie
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PROPHESY

foretell, predict, forecast, prophesy, prognosticate mean to tell beforehand. foretell applies to the telling of the coming of a future event by any procedure or any source of information <seers foretold the calamity>. predict commonly implies inference from facts or accepted laws of nature <astronomers predicted an eclipse>. forecast adds the implication of anticipating eventualities and differs from predict in being usually concerned with probabilities rather than certainties <forecast snow>. prophesy connotes inspired or mystic knowledge of the future especially as the fulfilling of divine threats or promises <prophesying a new messiah>. prognosticate is used less often than the other words; it may suggest learned or skilled interpretation, but more often it is simply a colorful substitute for predict or prophesy <prognosticating the future>.

Rhymes with PROPHESY

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PROPHESY Defined for Kids

prophesy

verb proph·e·sy \ˈprä-fə-ˌsī\
proph·e·siedproph·e·sy·ing

Definition of PROPHESY for Kids

:  foretell, predict <… every time he prophesied fair weather it rained … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>

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