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
For a time, the caliphate really did exist: a terrifying medieval prophecy sprung to life and captured in the pitiless freeze-frames of propaganda videos.
Briefly a character in the series, Thalberg is a metamirror in which Stahr glimpses a prophecy of private doom.
In so many words, Spears said Alabama has become the football equivalent of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
George R.R. Martin loves prophecies, especially when they’re delivered by characters that casual readers might be tempted to ignore.
What Trump is relying on is the self-fulfilling prophecy that drives all good conspiracy theorists.
For example, one serves as the maidservant who brings Lady Macbeth the letter from her lord, informing her of the witches' prophecies and thus igniting Lady M's own deadly ambitious schemes.
No need to over compensate with outlandish declarations, poetic prophecies, or violent guarantees.
All but the last part of that prophecy has come true.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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
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