- to foretell or predict.
- to indicate beforehand.
- to declare or foretell by or as if by divine inspiration.
- to utter in prophecy or as a prophet.
- to make predictions.
- to make inspired declarations of what is to come.
- to speak as a mediator between God and humankind or in God's stead.
- Archaic. to teach religious subjects.
Origin of prophesy
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Examples from the Web for prophesied
Also, apparently people thought that the bugs had poisonous stings and prophesied war.Cicada Panic, 1860 Style
May 19, 2013
He prophesied that she would be Prime Minister for nine, eleven or thirteen years.The Time Margaret Thatcher Met One of India's 'God Men'
April 9, 2013
Wouldn't he have opened his eyes if any one had prophesied this?Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
They prophesied, that from the moment I began to be employed, I should rise rapidly.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Then he prophesied great things, if he would go along with him.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
And though I never once thought of Joe Kramer, he had prophesied aright.The Harbor
I have been the prophetess of evil, but I have prophesied too truly.The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete
Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
- to reveal or foretell (something, esp a future event) by or as if by divine inspiration
- (intr) archaic to give instruction in religious subjects
Word Origin and History for prophesied
mid-14c., prophecein, prophesein, from Old French prophecier (13c.), from prophecie (see prophecy). The noun and verb spellings were not fully differentiated until 18c. Related: Prophesied; prophesying.