[ 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.

Origin of prophecy

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

Can be confused

prophecy 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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