[ prof-uh-see ]
/ ˈprɒf ə si /

noun, plural proph·e·cies.

the foretelling or prediction of what is to come.
something that is declared by a prophet, especially a divinely inspired prediction, instruction, or exhortation.
a divinely inspired utterance or revelation: oracular prophecies.
the action, function, or faculty of a prophet.

Nearby words

  1. property rights,
  2. property tax,
  3. propfan,
  4. prophage,
  5. prophase,
  6. prophesy,
  7. prophet,
  8. prophetess,
  9. prophetic,
  10. prophets

Origin of prophecy

1175–1225; Middle English prophecie < Old French < Late Latin prophētīa < Greek prophēteía. See prophet, -y3

Can be confusedprophecy prophesy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prophecy


/ (ˈprɒfɪsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

  1. a message of divine truth revealing God's will
  2. the act of uttering such a message
a prediction or guess
the function, activity, or charismatic endowment of a prophet or prophets

Word Origin for prophecy

C13: ultimately from Greek prophētēs prophet

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Word Origin and History for prophecy



c.1200, prophecie, prophesie, "function of a prophet," from Old French profecie (12c. Modern French prophétie) and directly from Late Latin prophetia (source also of Spanish profecia, Italian profezia), from Greek propheteia "gift of interpreting the will of the gods," from prophetes (see prophet). Meaning "thing spoken or written by a prophet" is from c.1300.

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