- ora et labora,
- ora pro nobis,
- oracle bones,
Origin of oracle
Examples from the Web for oracles
The excess against which Greek oracles warned was there in the essence of money.
Crœsus asked council of all the oracles, but first he tried their truth.Aunt Charlotte's Stories of Greek History|Charlotte M. Yonge
The histories however that were circulated on the subject of oracles are exceedingly suspicious.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 8 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
As the oracles were often enigmatic, they were interpreted by a prophet.
- 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.