proph·e·cy | \ˈprä-fə-sē \
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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Cormier fulfilled the prophecy at UFC 226, knocking down Miocic with a right hand to the jaw in the final minute of the first round, then pounding Miocic’s face with two more punches on the canvas to finish him. Lance Pugmire,, "Daniel Cormier knocks out Stipe Miocic in first round for second belt at UFC 226," 8 July 2018 The marketing gurus had cause for rejoice — at long last, the 22-year-old Jones had fulfilled their prophecy. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR: A win by the young guns is nice. But the next winner likely will be ...," 11 July 2018 The biggest name in Planet X circles is David Meade, whose prediction that Planet X would pass Earth late last year, based on Bible prophecies, kicked off a wave of doomsday theories. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Just kill us already, Planet X," 13 Apr. 2018 There’s undoubtedly an element of self-fulfilling prophecy to any set of characteristics ascribed to birth order, much as there is to, say, those linked to astrological signs. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 Just like in the original Hong Kong-set Ten Years and Ten Years Thailand, the most powerful and affecting on-screen prophecies are the ones who most closely resemble the lives and predicaments of the here and now. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ten Years Taiwan': Film Review," 13 July 2018 If Markle wears Aritzia, or picks up another mid-market label as a favorite brand, on a routine basis, that could give the prophecy of the Meghan Effect more solid ground. Rachel King, Fortune, "Meghan Markle Is Being Credited With Boosting Aritzia's Earnings. But Is the 'Meghan Effect' Real?," 13 July 2018 Song subjects included spiritual gifts, prophecy, Israel’s place in history, the end of the world and the literal creation of the earth in six days. Christopher Carroll, WSJ, "‘The Devil’s Music’ Review: Tuning the Soul," 14 June 2018 These theoretical future high performers benefit from internal mentorship, job rotation opportunities and compensation rewards, which suggests the rankings are a self-fulfilling prophecy. Rebecca Greenfield,, "Your raise is now based on next year's performance," 9 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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