prophecy

noun
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.

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Now his friends say that prophecy appears to have been true. Frank Bajak, The Seattle Times, "Ace Swedish coder held by Ecuador was defender of Assange," 14 Apr. 2019 The recent market turbulence could make investor skittishness a self-fulfilling prophecy. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Investors Are Betting That the Fed Hits Pause on Rate Hikes," 2 Jan. 2019 In other words, the predictors identified in this study are far from set-in-stone prophecies, and a policy of total transparency is a sound way to sidestep them. Deanna Pai, The Cut, "The Biggest Findings From a New Study on People Who Cheat," 11 Apr. 2018 Can the prophecy of the three heads of the dragon still come true if one of Daenerys's dragons is dead undead? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Did a Very Targaryen Thing in the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere," 15 Apr. 2019 Its theology was a mishmash of thoughts from a variety of Eastern and Western religions, including Tantric Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, peppered with some of Nostradamus' prophecies. NBC News, "Founder of doomsday cult behind deadly 1995 Tokyo subway gas attack executed in Japan," 6 July 2018 ABC Tonight, Chris Harrison's prophecy that this season of The Bachelor would be the most dramatic yet actually came true. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "The Best Reactions to the 'Bachelor' Ending Nobody Saw Coming," 5 Mar. 2019 The mere fear of a recession in a country like China, which accounts for one-sixth of the global economy, can hit markets and create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Peter Landers, WSJ, "The Old U.S. Trade War With Japan Looms Over Today’s Dispute With China," 13 Dec. 2018 To some extent, the wagon train is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019

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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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prophecy

noun

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

prophecy

noun
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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