prophesy

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verb proph·e·sy \ˈprä-fə-ˌsī\

Definition of prophesy

prophesied

prophesying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter by or as if by divine inspiration

  3. 2 :  to predict with assurance or on the basis of mystic knowledge

  4. 3 :  prefigure

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to speak as if divinely inspired

  7. 2 :  to give instruction in religious matters :  preach

  8. 3 :  to make a prediction

prophesier

play \-ˌsī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of prophesy in a sentence

  1. The book claims that modern events were prophesied in ancient times.

  2. <holy men were prophesying the coming of a new messiah>

Origin and Etymology of prophesy

Middle English prophesien, from Anglo-French *prophecier, from Old French, from prophecie


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of prophesy

foretell, predict, forecast, prophesy, prognosticate mean to tell beforehand. foretell applies to the telling of the coming of a future event by any procedure or any source of information <seers foretold the calamity>. predict commonly implies inference from facts or accepted laws of nature <astronomers predicted an eclipse>. forecast adds the implication of anticipating eventualities and differs from predict in being usually concerned with probabilities rather than certainties <forecast snow>. prophesy connotes inspired or mystic knowledge of the future especially as the fulfilling of divine threats or promises <prophesying a new messiah>. prognosticate is used less often than the other words; it may suggest learned or skilled interpretation, but more often it is simply a colorful substitute for predict or prophesy <prognosticating the future>.

PROPHESY Defined for English Language Learners

prophesy

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verb proph·e·sy \ˈprä-fə-ˌsī\

Definition of prophesy for English Language Learners

  • : to state that something will happen in the future


PROPHESY Defined for Kids

prophesy

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verb proph·e·sy \ˈprä-fə-ˌsī\

Definition of prophesy for Students

prophesied

prophesying

  1. :  foretell, predict <… every time he prophesied fair weather it rained … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>



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