Definition of prophesy in English:

prophesy

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Say that (a specified thing) will happen in the future.

    ‘Jacques was prophesying a bumper harvest’
    with clause ‘the papers prophesied that he would resign after the weekend’
    • ‘Aristotle wrote on prophesying through dreams.’
    • ‘At birth, Noah's father, Lamech, prophesies that his son will comfort humanity in its arduous labor.’
    • ‘Elisha prophesies that she will have a son… and it occurs.’
    • ‘It was prophesied of him: ‘I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world’.’
    • ‘The next step in that integration, as science-fiction writers like William Gibson have prophesied, is the implanting of the microprocessor into the body, thus enhancing human capabilities and capacities.’
    • ‘And just as Elijah prophesied, the jar of flour did not go empty, and the jug of oil did not run dry.’
    • ‘Filled with the Holy Spirit, he proclaimed God's faithfulness and prophesied great blessings over his son.’
    • ‘Because such a four-tiered system is still in the future, I can only prophesy its appearance.’
    • ‘Literal readings of the Bible predispose fundamentalists to adopt a theology that stresses premillennial dispensationalism, which means they believe in the Second Coming of Jesus as prophesied in the Bible.’
    • ‘He visited it shortly before his death and prophesied it would be great but would face destruction either by fire, water, or civil war.’
    • ‘That was the day when an important ancestor was prophesied to return, ‘coming like a butterfly.’’
    • ‘For those who don't have the possibility to learn astrology, there are simpler and easier methods to prophesy their future.’
    • ‘Over the centuries, Nostradamus has been credited with prophesying murky futures down to the last detail.’
    • ‘Also, in the same journal I write that D prophesied that I should beware of chewing gum, but later on M, who was sitting beside me, found some chewing gum under his seat, and D realised that the prophesy was actually for M, not for me.’
    • ‘He preached, prophesied imminent apocalypse, attracted devoted followers, performed faith healings and exorcisms, and even had a vision of the devil after fasting 40 days in the desert.’
    • ‘It's clearly prophesied in the Holy Scriptures.’
    • ‘On the night before he died, Jesus prophesied that Peter would deny him three times-and he was right.’
    • ‘Isaac's blessing prophesied that Esau would bow down before Jacob; but no, here is Jacob, bowing down before Esau.’
    • ‘Gloucester visits Henry, who intuits his son is dead and prophesies Gloucester's future slaughter by recalling the evil omens of his birth.’
    • ‘The narrative of lament and hope prophesies that the judgment of history can be delayed but not denied.’
    predict, foretell, forecast, foresee, forewarn of, prognosticate, divine
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Usage

The words prophesy and prophecy are often confused. Prophesy is the spelling that should be used for the verb (he was prophesying a bumper harvest), whereas prophecy is the correct spelling for the noun (a bleak prophecy of war and ruin). The differentiation between the spellings of the noun and verb was not established until after 1700 and has no etymological basis, prophesy being at first a spelling variant of both the noun and the verb

Origin

Middle English: from Old French profecier, from profecie (see prophecy).

Pronunciation

prophesy

/ˈprɒfɪsʌɪ/