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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The former wrestler was cast as Boxer Santaros, an amnesiac and schizophrenic movie star researching the part of Jericho Cane, the protagonist of Gellar’s film/prophecy. Hau Chu, Washington Post, "The delightfully bonkers film that turned the Rock into Dwayne Johnson," 25 July 2019 But his observation proves to be less a matter of prophecy than of privilege: Ronnie eventually explains that he, unlike Cliff, has been allowed to read the film’s script. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "“The Dead Don’t Die,” Reviewed: Jim Jarmusch’s Fiercely Political Zombie Comedy," 14 June 2019 What role will Arya and her prophecy play when that battle comes? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Has Green Eyes on Game of Thrones?," 29 Apr. 2019 That prophecy sounds all too plausible today, but very few people were making it in 1940. Smithsonian, "John Steinbeck’s Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rules of Ecology," 22 Aug. 2019 Rapp had another prophecy related to the second coming of Christ and decided to move back to Pennsylvania in 1824—just 21 years after arriving in Indiana—for another fresh start. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This small Indiana town is a hotbed of utopianism," 5 Aug. 2019 What this fluid religious reality generally encompasses is faith in an activist God whose power can be experienced through miracles, prophecy and speaking spontaneously in unfamiliar tongues. Erasmus, The Economist, "Why charismatic Christianity is popular with migrants," 3 Aug. 2019 Haggard was raised in a family of charismatic Christians — a group who believe in the ongoing activity of the Holy Spirit in the world via gifts like prophecy, healing, and speaking in tongues — in rural Indiana. Laura Turner, Vox, "A brief history of “doing life together”," 2 Aug. 2019 When the villainous snow leopard Tai Lung threatens Po's homeland, the hapless panda is chosen to fulfil an ancient prophecy and defend the Valley from attack. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing July 5-11," 3 July 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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The first known use of prophecy was in the 13th century

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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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