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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’
predict, foretell, forecast, foresee, forewarn of, prognosticate, divineaugur, presage, previse, foreshow, croakspaevaticinate, auspicateView synonyms
- ‘Filled with the Holy Spirit, he proclaimed God's faithfulness and prophesied great blessings over his son.’
- ‘He visited it shortly before his death and prophesied it would be great but would face destruction either by fire, water, or civil war.’
- ‘At birth, Noah's father, Lamech, prophesies that his son will comfort humanity in its arduous labor.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On the night before he died, Jesus prophesied that Peter would deny him three times-and he was right.’
- ‘It was prophesied of him: ‘I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world’.’
- ‘Aristotle wrote on prophesying through dreams.’
- ‘Elisha prophesies that she will have a son… and it occurs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Gloucester visits Henry, who intuits his son is dead and prophesies Gloucester's future slaughter by recalling the evil omens of his birth.’
- ‘Over the centuries, Nostradamus has been credited with prophesying murky futures down to the last detail.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That was the day when an important ancestor was prophesied to return, ‘coming like a butterfly.’’
- ‘The narrative of lament and hope prophesies that the judgment of history can be delayed but not denied.’
- ‘Because such a four-tiered system is still in the future, I can only prophesy its appearance.’
- ‘It's clearly prophesied in the Holy Scriptures.’
- ‘Isaac's blessing prophesied that Esau would bow down before Jacob; but no, here is Jacob, bowing down before Esau.’
- ‘For those who don't have the possibility to learn astrology, there are simpler and easier methods to prophesy their future.’
- ‘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.’
Middle English: from Old French profecier, from profecie (see prophecy). The differentiation of the spellings prophesy and prophecy as verb and noun was not established until after 1700.
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