noun, plural proph·e·cies.
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Origin of prophecy
words often confused with prophecy
Considering the close relationship between the words, it is not surprising that they are easily confused; in particular, it is not unusual to see the noun written with an s, just as was often done before the 18th century. We may even prophesy that, over time, the form will once again become a completely acceptable spelling for the noun. But until then, careful writers and speakers maintain the conventional and long-established distinction between the two words in both spelling and pronunciation. Similarly, the verb "prophesize" (or "prophecize")—resulting from confusion between prophesy and verbs ending in -ize like proselytize and prioritize —is regarded as nonstandard. When you make a prophecy (sounds like see ), you are prophesying (sounds like sighing ).
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prophecyprophecy , prophesy (see confusables note at the current entry)
Words nearby prophecy
Example sentences from the Web for prophecy
At some point, it merely becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy to examine these questions.‘These are not crazy people’: GOP defends its voter-fraud push, ignoring obvious perils|Aaron Blake|December 16, 2020|Washington Post
He’s not playing to fulfill a prophecy whispered to him since he was a teenager.Giannis Antetokounmpo’s patience is a gift to Milwaukee. Don’t blow it, Bucks.|Jerry Brewer|December 16, 2020|Washington Post
We cannot afford for the next generation of climate justice leaders’ dread to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.Generation Z is ‘traumatized’ by climate change—and they’re the key to fighting it|matthewheimer|August 19, 2020|Fortune
“Instead of me fulfilling my prophecy,” he said, “I have to start one,” and that was a lot of pressure.
His prophecy kicked off a vertiginous frenzy of doomsaying, and he was thrown in jail by fearful Bolognese officials.
NB: Prophecy is the key source of mystery and danger in our books.Historical Fiction: A Conversation Between Bruce Holsinger and Nancy Bilyeau|Nancy Bilyeau, Bruce Holsinger|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These Christians see the Syrian crisis as the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.Sorry, Evangelicals, Syria Will Not Spur the Second Coming|Candida Moss|September 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And nothing short of a sustained campaign that Washington has no stomach for can prevent this prophecy from materializing.
It was a hope which came from something one of the great poets of the past had said, in prophecy.How to Tell Stories to Children|Sara Cone Bryant
For four innings it looked as though his prophecy would be fulfilled.Baseball Joe in the World Series|Lester Chadwick
The prophecy of extirpation had been passed, but the cruel agent of its accomplishment was not thereby condoned.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings|F. W. Farrar
Some women's faces are in their brightness a prophecy, and some in their sadness a history.Oriental Women|Edward Bagby Pollard
At your birth there was a prophecy which declared that if ever you left this village you would have to marry a woman with horns.Mighty Mikko|Parker Fillmore
British Dictionary definitions for prophecy
noun plural -cies
- a message of divine truth revealing God's will
- the act of uttering such a message