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oracle

[ awr-uh-kuhl, or- ]
/ ˈɔr ə kəl, ˈɒr- /
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noun

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Origin of oracle

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ōrāculum, equivalent to ōrā(re) “to plead” + -culum diminutive noun suffix; see oration, -cle2

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH oracle

auricle, oracle

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British Dictionary definitions for oracle

oracle
/ (ˈɒrəkəl) /

noun

a prophecy, often obscure or allegorical, revealed through the medium of a priest or priestess at the shrine of a god
a shrine at which an oracular god is consulted
an agency through which a prophecy is transmitted
any person or thing believed to indicate future action with infallible authority
a statement believed to be infallible and authoritative
Bible
  1. a message from God
  2. the holy of holies in the Israelite temple
See also oracles

Word Origin for oracle

C14: via Old French from Latin ōrāculum, from ōrāre to request
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