oracle

[awr-uh-kuh l, or-]
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noun


Origin of oracle

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French < Latin ōrāculum, equivalent to ōrā(re) to plead (see oration) + -culum -cle2
Can be confusedauricle oracle
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Examples from the Web for oracles

Contemporary Examples of oracles

  • The excess against which Greek oracles warned was there in the essence of money.

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    Peter Stothard

    June 18, 2009

Historical Examples of oracles

  • I had fancied that the oracles were all silent, and nature had spent her fires; and behold!

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • This is the effect on us of tropes, fables, oracles, and all poetic forms.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The manner in which the oracles were rendered was not everywhere the same.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Even the most barbarous people were not without their oracles.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • "What is a physician if he talk not in the language of oracles," he said, querulously.

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne


British Dictionary definitions for oracles

oracles

pl n

another term for Scripture (def. 1)

oracle

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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Word Origin and History for oracles

oracle

n.

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.

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