(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. 1 Kings 6:16, 19–23.
- auricle, oracle
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How to use oracle in a sentence
It might be why the public sometimes looks upon forensic pathologists as oracles, believing them capable of reconstructing ironclad, Clue-like scenarios.Meet the 95-Year-Old ‘Medical Detective’ Who Has Examined Famous Cases From JFK to JonBenet Ramsey | Jess McHugh | April 13, 2022 | Time
After a decentralized cross-chain oracle called a "guardian" certifies that the coins have been properly locked on one chain, the bridge mints or releases tokens of the same value on the other chain.How $323M in crypto was stolen from a blockchain bridge called Wormhole | Dan Goodin | February 4, 2022 | Ars Technica
For that matter most of us would plug our ears if an oracle promised to tell us the day we will die.It’s Not Irrational to Party Like It’s 1999 - Issue 108: Change | Steven Pinker | November 17, 2021 | Nautilus
This neurobiological oracle, not deterministic but rather probabilistic, warns about potential dangers and opportunities, providing guidance on decisions to be made.
Vents built into the stone structure, in addition to providing fresh air, may have given the oracle at Chavín a highly engineered voice “worthy of the Wizard of Oz” when the shell trumpets were played inside them.
Her very first sculpture, a metallic chrome unicorn aptly titled “Space oracle,” sits on a pedestal directly in front.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
A Brit by birth, the eight-armed oracle was born in Weymouth, England, in 2008 at the Sea Life Centre.The Amazing Tale of Paul the Psychic Octopus: Germany’s World Cup Soothsayer | Emily Shire | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Just this week, oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Apple was adrift without Steve Jobs.
The move will take place on July 15 as software giant oracle leaves for the New York Stock Exchange.
The latter is a square-faced practical man, who is looked up to as a species of oracle by all his friends.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
The League oracle admits that "a repeal would injure the farmer, but not so much as he fears."
An oracle said that he would not succeed in its erection before a man voluntarily offered himself as a sacrifice.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
There were in Greece two young rakes, who were told by the oracle to beware of the melampygos or sable posteriors.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
It is plain that there are more ways than one of explaining such an oracle.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
British Dictionary definitions for oracle
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
- See also oracles
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