prophesy

verb
proph·​e·​sy | \ ˈprä-fə-ˌsī How to pronounce prophesy (audio) \
prophesied; prophesying

Definition of prophesy

transitive verb

1 : to utter by or as if by divine inspiration
2 : to predict with assurance or on the basis of mystic knowledge
3 : prefigure

intransitive verb

1 : to speak as if divinely inspired
2 : to give instruction in religious matters : preach
3 : to make a prediction

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Other Words from prophesy

prophesier \ ˈprä-​fə-​ˌsī(-​ə)r How to pronounce prophesier (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of prophesy in a Sentence

The book claims that modern events were prophesied in ancient times. holy men were prophesying the coming of a new messiah

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Late last year, it was prophesied that bootcut jeans would return in 2019. Vogue, "Logo Shoes Are the Latest Aughts Fashion Revival," 19 Apr. 2019 Maggy prophesied that Cersei would marry the king and have three children, who would all die. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This New Game of Thrones Theory Predicts How Cersei Will Die," 19 Apr. 2019 And many of your responses about the outcome of my dilemma prophesied it. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Offers to Pay Five Years of Rent for a Former Inmate Yet He Was Denied a Home," 18 Mar. 2019 As the myth goes, Odin, the god of wisdom, and his wife Frigg had a son named Baldur who was prophesied to be killed. Adam Schubak, Country Living, "Here's How Kissing Under the Mistletoe Became a Christmas Tradition," 29 Nov. 2018 The person who prophesied this film, more than a century ago, is Freud. Michelle Mcnamara, The New Yorker, "“Avengers: Infinity War” and “Let the Sunshine In”," 27 Apr. 2018 The neighbors' complaints were prophesied more than a decade ago, when the area next to the plant was filled with citrus groves. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 Born into a poor family of tatami-mat makers, the legally blind Asahara drew thousands of followers into his sect, which prophesied an imminent Armageddon in which its followers would seize power and achieve salvation. Author: Stuart Biggs, Gearoid Reidy, Anchorage Daily News, "Japan executes cult leader and 6 others for deadly 1995 sarin attack," 6 July 2018 Occasionally novels manage not just to reflect events but to prophesy them. The Economist, "Brexit is reverberating in British literature," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of prophesy

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for prophesy

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

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prophesy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of prophesy

: to state that something will happen in the future

prophesy

verb
proph·​e·​sy | \ ˈprä-fə-ˌsī How to pronounce prophesy (audio) \
prophesied; prophesying

Kids Definition of prophesy

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

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