- the foretelling or prediction of what is to come.
- something that is declared by a prophet, especially a divinely inspired prediction, instruction, or exhortation.
- a divinely inspired utterance or revelation: oracular prophecies.
- the action, function, or faculty of a prophet.
Origin of prophecy
Examples from the Web for prophecy
“Instead of me fulfilling my prophecy,” he said, “I have to start one,” and that was a lot of pressure.Broadway Was Made for Tupac
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Marcyliena Morgan
July 7, 2014
His prophecy kicked off a vertiginous frenzy of doomsaying, and he was thrown in jail by fearful Bolognese officials.The Volcano That Rewrote History
May 5, 2014
NB: Prophecy is the key source of mystery and danger in our books.Historical Fiction: A Conversation Between Bruce Holsinger and Nancy Bilyeau
Nancy Bilyeau, Bruce Holsinger
March 30, 2014
These Christians see the Syrian crisis as the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.Sorry, Evangelicals, Syria Will Not Spur the Second Coming
September 5, 2013
And nothing short of a sustained campaign that Washington has no stomach for can prevent this prophecy from materializing.How U.S. Strikes on Syria Help al Qaeda
August 28, 2013
A bee entered one of the chambers with a prophecy of flowers.Buds and Bird Voices (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Now I should like to know a more sure word of prophecy than that!Weighed and Wanting
They have the gift of prophecy, and their predictions are always realised.The Dream
The sentence has been reversed; the prophecy of Skirving has become history.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
They even believe them endowed with something celestial and the spirit of prophecy.Tacitus on Germany
- a message of divine truth revealing God's will
- the act of uttering such a message
- a prediction or guess
- the function, activity, or charismatic endowment of a prophet or prophets
Word Origin and History for prophecy
c.1200, prophecie, prophesie, "function of a prophet," from Old French profecie (12c. Modern French prophétie) and directly from Late Latin prophetia (source also of Spanish profecia, Italian profezia), from Greek propheteia "gift of interpreting the will of the gods," from prophetes (see prophet). Meaning "thing spoken or written by a prophet" is from c.1300.