Definition of prophecy in English:

prophecy

noun

  • 1A prediction.

    ‘a bleak prophecy of war and ruin’
    • ‘As we arrive on the scene of the accident, his words become an eerily accurate prophecy.’
    • ‘Might the subsequent success of that project not give some grounds for doubting his dire prophecies?’
    • ‘Obviously their predictions are false and their prophecies of an apocalyptic ending at a specified time fail.’
    • ‘If they found that he was the one the prophecy spoke of, then there would be fear.’
    • ‘The comments produced another spate of recriminations and prophecies of doom from opposition parties.’
    • ‘In order to fulfil this prophecy, a number of important events still needed to take place.’
    • ‘Who's making bold prophecies for the future of online retail?’
    • ‘When I die, one prophecy is fulfilled, and a new shall begin.’
    • ‘Last week, his dire prophecies came true.’
    • ‘It tells her prophecies and predictions, and sometimes she can speak to the deceased with it.’
    • ‘He could make prophecies and they would always come true.’
    • ‘However, to do so, she must fulfill a prophecy written about her in the Book of the Prophets.’
    • ‘Biblical prophecy is not easily translated to the twenty-first century.’
    • ‘Why have falling prices in the world economy led to prophecies of doom?’
    • ‘If she does not, the ancient prophecies foretell doom and destruction over all the earth.’
    • ‘You'll also be likely to create new behaviours to fulfil the prophecy.’
    • ‘He wished the words written in the book of ancient prophecies were not true.’
    • ‘This was predicted in many prophecies, old and recent, throughout the world.’
    • ‘The prophecy foretold that the side that claimed the fallen angels shall win the war.’
    • ‘The Hopi prophecies say they will be divided three times.’
    prediction, forecast, prognostication, prognosis, divination, augury
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    1. 1.1 The faculty, function, or practice of prophesying.
      ‘the gift of prophecy’
      • ‘Before his guests arrived on the scene, Abraham used prophecy as means to speak with God.’
      • ‘His views on the nature of prophecy were unpopular among religious scholars.’
      • ‘Thousands of years ago, the Jewish people even had special schools for prophecy.’
      • ‘I grew up with prophecy as a normal facet of my life, so I know how you feel about calling, or intended paths.’
      • ‘They are also gifted with prophecy, and help those who are involved in the prophecies.’
      • ‘There was an explosion of oral communication in story, preaching, teaching, worship, prophecy, and so on.’
      • ‘In certain cases, prophecy was granted in order to deliver a message to a community or the Nation.’
      • ‘Thus, the restoration of prophecy is very important in the unfolding of the Messianic drama.’
      • ‘She hadn't had the gift of prophecy in life, and she wondered why she did now in death.’
      • ‘I do not credit that honourable member with having the gift of prophecy.’
      • ‘This may well be true, provided that the nature of prophecy be correctly understood.’
      • ‘First, characters can represent types of reactions to prophecy and what it stands for.’
      • ‘Threads of commonality have been explored, such as prophecy in Judaism and Islam.’
      • ‘All in all, then, for Israelite prophecy the temple had not always been fundamental.’
      • ‘He was also the god of prophecy and healing but expressed the more creative aspects of music and sport as well.’
      • ‘Thirdly, prophecy and social action are captured by a knowing that stems from the will.’
      • ‘The guidelines given for prophecy apply to all forms of believer-to-believer sharing.’
      • ‘Humans do not have the gift of prophecy, nor do we always have the most accurate knowledge.’
      • ‘Other terms for clairvoyance include second sight, shadow sight, prophecy, and spiritual communication.’
      • ‘That is why our Torah and tradition insist that the claim to prophecy not be based on miraculous evidence.’
      foretelling the future, forecasting the future, fortune telling, crystal-gazing, prediction, second sight, clairvoyance, prognostication, divination, soothsaying
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Usage

To avoid a common usage mistake, note the spelling and pronunciation differences between prophecy (the noun) and prophesy (the verb)

Origin

Middle English: from Old French profecie, via late Latin from Greek prophēteia, from prophētēs (see prophet).

Pronunciation

prophecy

/ˈprɑfəsi//ˈpräfəsē/