proph·​e·​cy | \ ˈprä-fə-sē How to pronounce prophecy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly prophesy
plural prophecies also prophesies

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

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Examples of prophecy in a Sentence

The prophecies of the author have all come true. She has the gift of prophecy.
Recent Examples on the Web Bank runs are triggered by a self-fulfilling prophecy in which depositors pull their money for fear that others will do the same. Jon Hartley, National Review, "Treat Money-Market Funds Like Banks," 30 Mar. 2021 As America becomes woke, his scholarly critiques read like prophecy. J. Peder Zane, WSJ, "Science Needs Criticism, Not Cheerleading," 19 Feb. 2021 Figure out how to deal with your insecurities, through therapy or self-acceptance/self-compassion work, or your paranoia of him leaving will become a self-fulfilling prophecy., "My boyfriend ‘likes’ many pictures of women in bikinis," 25 Mar. 2021 Around the same time, Kirby was the prime mover on a Thor story about a prophecy of the end of the title character’s legion of Norse gods. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "The King’s Gambit," 18 Mar. 2021 That skepticism could turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy, said Dan Rutherford, director of aviation and marine programs at the International Council on Clean Transportation, a think tank. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "FedEx doesn’t have much hope for climate-friendly aircraft anytime soon," 9 Mar. 2021 Well, the new year is about to put Regan’s prophecy to the test. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "Why the Political Memoir is the Year's Hottest Book Genre," 25 Feb. 2021 The peculiars, along with light-eater Noor Pradesh, are tasked with attempting to fulfill an ancient prophecy to give them the chance to banish Caul for good. Seija Rankin,, "What's In a Page: Ransom Riggs on the ending of the Miss Peregrine series," 24 Feb. 2021 Anderson was referring to the character in Greek myth cursed with the gift of accurate prophecy that is not believed. NBC News, "The Trump-fueled riot shocked America. To some, it was a long time coming.," 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of prophecy

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prophecy

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

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The first known use of prophecy was in the 13th century

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12 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Prophecy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prophecy

: a statement that something will happen in the future
: the power or ability to know what will happen in the future


proph·​e·​cy | \ ˈprä-fə-sē How to pronounce prophecy (audio) \
plural prophecies

Kids Definition of prophecy

1 : something foretold : prediction
2 : the ability to predict what will happen in the future

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