- (especially in ancient Greece) an utterance, often ambiguous or obscure, given by a priest or priestess at a shrine as the response of a god to an inquiry.
- the agency or medium giving such responses.
- a shrine or place at which such responses were given: the oracle of Apollo at Delphi.
- a person who delivers authoritative, wise, or highly regarded and influential pronouncements.
- a divine communication or revelation.
- any person or thing serving as an agency of divine communication.
- any utterance made or received as authoritative, extremely wise, or infallible.
- oracles, the Scriptures.
- the holy of holies of the Temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem. I Kings 6:16, 19–23.
Origin of oracle
Related Words for oracleedict, apocalypse, fortune, revelation, augury, canon, prediction, commandment, prognostication, answer, law, divination, vision
Examples from the Web for oracle
Contemporary Examples of oracle
And, anyway, what would it take to be a Samuel Gompers at Microsoft, Facebook, Oracle, Amazon, or Google?Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds
P. J. O’Rourke
August 9, 2014
Just this week, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Apple was adrift without Steve Jobs.Carl Icahn’s Tweets Send Apple Stock Above $500
August 14, 2013
A few months before the Autonomy purchase was unveiled in August 2011, Oracle boss Larry Ellison passed on the chance.
He gave us a stunning lecture on the topic of the Oracle (you can get a taste of what it was like here).
People seemed to have believed that the Oracle was really pointing the way for them.
Historical Examples of oracle
How shall we interpret the oracle, you and I and the old intriguer?Little Dorrit
The oracle was dressed, as I have said, very richly, in the Chinese fashion.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
If the first was the oracle of White's, the second was trusted at Brookes's.Beaux and Belles of England
The oracle is dumb, and the end of it all is rather like a prayer.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
For an oracle says that when a man of brass or iron guards the State, it will be destroyed.The Republic
- 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
- a message from God
- the holy of holies in the Israelite temple
Word Origin for oracle
late 14c., "a message from a god, expressed by divine inspiration," from Old French oracle "temple, house of prayer; oracle" (12c.) and directly from Latin oraculum "divine announcement, oracle; place where oracles are given," from orare "pray, plead" (see orator), with material instrumental suffix -culo-. In antiquity, "the agency or medium of a god," also "the place where such divine utterances were given." This sense is attested in English from c.1400.