Origin of oracle
Related Words for oraclesedict, apocalypse, fortune, revelation, augury, canon, prediction, commandment, prognostication, answer, law, divination, vision
Examples from the Web for oracles
Contemporary Examples of oracles
The excess against which Greek oracles warned was there in the essence of money.Best of Brit Lit
June 18, 2009
Historical Examples of oracles
I had fancied that the oracles were all silent, and nature had spent her fires; and behold!
This is the effect on us of tropes, fables, oracles, and all poetic forms.
The manner in which the oracles were rendered was not everywhere the same.
Even the most barbarous people were not without their oracles.
"What is a physician if he talk not in the language of oracles," he said, querulously.The Lion's Brood
- 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.