Definition of prophecy
1 : an inspired utterance of a prophet
2 : the function or vocation of a prophet; specifically : the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose
3 : a prediction of something to come
Examples of prophecy in a Sentence
The prophecies of the author have all come true.
She has the gift of prophecy.
Recent Examples of prophecy from the Web
But the building's deplorable condition is the result of a self-fulfilling prophecy: For years, the cash-poor state has spent only on essential maintenance needs, leading problems and costs to pile up.
For years, that prophecy and his own beatific disposition were PK’s only birthright.
Rumiyah replaced Dabiq, a magazine named after a Syrian town where the prophecy claimed that Armageddon would take place.
The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy, by William Strauss and Neil Howe; US$27.50.
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Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners
Definition of prophecy for English Language Learners
: a statement that something will happen in the future
: the power or ability to know what will happen in the future
PROPHECY Defined for Kids
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